Category: US Open

A sensational year in men’s tennis is drawing to a close, which has featured four separate Grand Slam winners and once again been dominated by the big four: Novak Djoković, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

Champion | Novak Djoković lifts the ATP World Tour Finals trophy at the 02 Arena earlier this month. (Image | Yahoo)

With the ATP World Tour Finals having been won by the Serb earlier this month, it is time to look back on how each of the leading lights performed over the calendar year. It has been quite a 12 months after all.

Novak Djoković

After a record-breaking season last year, it would have been extremely optimistic to expect Djoković to remain at such an auspicious standard.

However, in the early part of the year, it appeared that he may be able to surpass his previous achievements. Particularly when the 25-year-old triumphed at the Australian Open in January, which was arguably the greatest tournament Melbourne has ever seen.

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Murray’s summer of glory is just the beginning

The face of a champion | Andy Murray holds the US Open trophy aloft after seeing off Novak Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam. (Image | Huffington Post)

There were some that thought it may never happen. Rather like peace on earth, an end to global warming, honesty from politicians and trains that run on time, Andy Murray winning a Grand Slam has for so long been a conceptual idea. A “wouldn’t it be nice if…” pipe dream. Until last week, that is, when the Scot triumphed in New York, beating Novak Djokovic to win the US Open title.

This splendid slice of success, in a sport so dominated by one man, Roger Federer, occasionally shaken and bruised by those that choose to take him on, came weeks after Murray won the men’s singles gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Restoring some pride to British women’s tennis

Laura Robson’s run to the last 16 of the US open has reignited interest in, and optimism for, British women’s tennis (Image | Getty)

Andy Murray will once again be the main British hope for a Grand Slam title heading into the final eight of the US Open, off the back of a comfortable victory over Canada’s Milos Raonic. But it’s his Olympic mixed doubles partner, Laura Robson, who turned the most heads in Week 1 at Flushing Meadows, knocking out first Kim Clijsters and then Li Na before finally succumbing to Sam Stosur in the round of 16.

Robson was the first British woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam in the 21st century, though, and that achievement deserves some serious applause.

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