As summer came to a close, the tennis community descended upon New York for the United States Open. As the last and most electrifying Grand Slam of the season, the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was abuzz with 128 veterans and youngsters all vying for America’s most coveted title.
The men’s side was filled with notable absences, with defending champion Stan Wawrinka, two-time champion Novak Djokovic, and 2012 champion Andy Murray all withdrew due to injuries.
Though there was talk of injury rumors surrounding Federer’s back, the five-time US Open champion entered the tournament as favorite to win.
However, Federer encountered trouble early, as he took ve sets to beat his first and second round opponents. His form improved in the third and fourth round, but was not enough to overcome 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals.
Coming off a herculean comeback against Dominic Thiem in the fourth round, del Potro spoiled tennis fans’ dreams of a Federer- Nadal seminal.
Prior to his match with del Potro, Nadal also initially struggled to nd his form. Unlike Federer, he was able to improve over the course of the tournament and beat del Potro in 4 sets in the semifinals.
The wide-open bottom half was even more open after the early exit of 2014 champion Marin Cilic and Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov defeat of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Sam Querrey lost in the quarterfinals to South African Kevin Anderson, who would go on to reach the finals.
In the championship match, Nadal defeated Anderson in straight sets and captured his third US Open and six-teenth Grand Slam.