The Davis Cup ties have ended with Spain once again in the final this time facing Argentina—not Serbia—excused when an exhausted Novak Djokovic retired in his semifinal match against Juan Martin del Potro.
It goes without saying that the last major of the summer is over. As magnificent as the season has been for Djokovic, the other members of the top four gaze longingly at the drawing board, trying to analyze their respective defeats in tournaments they expected to win.
It is safe to say that there were no major upsets or unexpected results on the men’s side of the draw during the 2011 US Open. Many predicted correctly that the two top seeds, No. 1 Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal, would meet in the men’s final.
Unfortunately, the two men who were playing the best hard-court tennis met in the US Open semifinals—Djokovic and the No. 3 seed Roger Federer. Federer squandered two match points before falling to Djokovic in five sets.
Rafael Nadal did not have a similar struggle against No. 4 Andy Murray in their semifinal, defeating the Scot in four sets.
For the past six majors, going all the way back to the French Open in 2010, Djokovic and Federer have been on the same side of the men’s draw, regardless of their respective spots in the top four—while Nadal continued to face Murray in the semifinals.
As we head into the autumn indoor season, the upcoming Barclays World Tour Finals loom in the distance, marking the end of the 2011 season.
So far only the top four—Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Murray—have made the top eight field scheduled to begin play on November 20.
The summer season-ending power rankings give a clue as to who will make the elite eight field.
We will detail their chances of making the WTF field for 2011.