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U.S. Open: Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray and the Lead To Grand Slam

Michael CasentiCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2010

Tennis players continue playing in the sweltering heat of the US summer, toughing it out through the humidity in order to win matches.  From Toronto, the men are heading into Cincinatti fighting for every point.

Andy Murray comes into the Cincinnati Masters after winning in Toronto, beating David Nalbandian, Federer, and Nadal in successive matches.  Meanwhile, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have eased some doubts about their form and future.  Rafael Nadal, as usual, made a deep run only to lose to the eventual champion.

Roger Federer, after losing early at the French Open, Halle, and Wimbledon, bounced back to reach the finals.  Federer beat Tomas Berdych, who had a two match winning streaks against Federer in the quarterfinals, despite being down 5-2 in the third set.

The match after that was a thriller against Djokovic, which ended 7-5 in the third. All of the long and late into the night matches tired Federer, one of the reasons he lost in the final.

Novak Djokovic, a long time victim of a mysterious ailment, was fortunate enough to get most of his matches during the night.  He fought hard, and almost won, against Roger Federer in the final, leaving the press rummaging to find something to pick on.

Andy Murray had one of the best tournaments of his career, and was certainly in his best form since reaching the final at the Australian Open. He beat David Nalbandian, who was on-fire. When Nalbandian is on fire, even greats such as Federer and Nadal have difficulty stopping him, but Murray did.  After that, he beat Nadal and Federer without dropping a set.

Nadal, never the best on hardcourts, is having arguably the best season of his life. He is playing better than anyone right now.  He rallied past Philip Kohlschreiber and although he only won seven games in the next match, he worked hard and fought hard against Andy Murray.

With the top four having been in the semifinals together for the first time in about a year, the "Big Four" are hoping to make a good run in Cincinnati.

Andy Murray, coachless, will try to win a second-straight title, while he, Federer, and Djokovic will try to quiet critics ease their fan's minds about their downfall.  Meanwhile, Nadal will try to build on his semifinal run and hope for the win. Roger Federer has many points to defend, having one in Cincinnati last year.  Novak Djkovic, last year's runner-up, is in the same situation.  Now all we have to do is sit back and enjoy the thrilling matches that are sure to come!

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