It’s week two of the 2011 US Open tournament. This means it’s the last chance for Caroline Wozniacki to finally win a Grand Slam title in 2011.
It’s also the last chance for Roger Federer to keep his streak, of winning at least one Grand Slam tournament a year—dating back to 2003—alive.
Those are just two of many obvious reasons to be excited for this year's last week of Grand Slam tennis, but the following three will surprise you.
The 2011 US Open will be remembered for the return of German female tennis.
Andrea Petkovic and Sabine Lisicki are two young, talented and ambitious players who will compete on the highest level for many years to come.
After surprisingly reaching the 2011 Wimbledon semifinals earlier this summer, 21-year-old Lisicki arrived at Flushing Meadows having won 23 out of her last 27 matches, but came up short losing in straight sets against Vera Zvonareva in her fourth round matchup.
Petkovic, on the other hand, still has the opportunity to reach her first Grand Slam final. On her way into the quarterfinals the 23-year-old German has given up only one set.
Petkovic would be the first female German to advance to a Grand Slam final since Steffi Graf lost the 1999 Wimbledon final against Lindsay Davenport.
Germany has been looking for a new tennis star since the retirements of Steffi Graf and Boris Becker, and Petkovic is on a good way to become the new face of German tennis.
What would you say if told you the that best tennis player of all time and the best tennis player of 2011 will go against each other in an epic semifinal battle?
Roger Federer is 14-7 against Novak Djokovic, but has lost the last three matches on hard court against the 24 year old from Serbia.
Federer and Djokovic have met in Flushing Meadows four years running.
The first three times the Swiss Maestro came up on top, but in 2010 Djokovic was finally able to beat the Fed-Express in an unforgettable five set thriller.
Every time those two play against each other the clear winner is the sport of tennis, and those out there who say that Federer is past his prime, and that he lost his killer instinct, just watch and learn.
We forget all too readily that it was Federer who snapped Djoko's unbeaten run in 2011 with his victory over the Serbian in the French Open semifinals. New setting, same tournament round.
Perhaps Federer can do it again.
You may call me crazy, biased or just simply a genius.
Roddick, of course, has losing records against both players.
He trails Murray 3-7, and Nadal 3-6 in head-to-head matches, but the home field advantage and the urge to prove that he can win against a couple of the best players in the field may be just enough to beat both players this one time.
In addition, Roddick’s wife Brooklyn Decker could be too much of a distraction for the other players as she is for me.