Alcaraz wins two straight matches, and Djokovic recovers.Tennis at the US Open begins on Day 28
A second straight title for Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) or a comeback for Novak Djokovic (Serbia)?
The last major tennis tournament of the year, the U.S. Open ($65 million-$85.76 billion in prize money), will take place from Aug. 28 to Sept. 10 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
Once again, all eyes will be on Alcaraz and Djokovic for the title.
Alcaraz and Djokovic, known as the “new and old emperors” of men’s tennis, have been facing off against each other like “dragon fruit”.
The first time they met, in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on the ATP Tour last year, and the Wimbledon final in July this year, Alcaraz won.
His victory at the highly symbolic Wimbledon crowned him the new emperor, dethroning Djokovic.
However, Djokovic had previously beaten Alcaraz in the semifinals of the French Open in June this year, when the Serb was suffering from muscle spasms in his leg.
In their most recent meeting, the Cincinnati Open final on Nov. 20, Djokovic bounced back to beat Alcaraz 2-1 (5-7 7-6<9-7> 7-6<7-4>) after three hours and 49 minutes of hard-fought action.
The head-to-head record is 2-2 with no wins. The match was set up in such a way that if Alcaraz won, Djokovic would immediately follow suit.
World No. 1 Alcaraz is the No. 1 singles seed in the tournament, while No. 2 Djokovic is the No. 2 seed.
If both players survive, they will meet in the final for the fifth time in their careers and the fourth time this year.
Alcaraz is the defending champion, having won the tournament last year.
With Djokovic unable to step foot on American soil last year due to COVID-19 vaccination concerns, Alcaraz defeated Kasper Lourdes (NOR) in the final to win his first career major title.
After missing this year’s Australian Open due to injury, Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals at the French Open and won his second major title at Wimbledon.
Djokovic will return to the U.S. Open for the first time in two years to attempt to win his 24th career major title.
Djokovic won his 23rd career major title at this year’s French Open, passing Rafael Nadal (22) to become the most decorated men’s singles champion of all time.
Other favorites to win the men’s singles title include 2021 US Open winner Danil Medvedev (RUS) and Jannik Cinnere (ITA), who reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year.
In women’s singles, world No. 1 and defending champion Iga Cibionte (Poland) is the “No. 1” favorite.
After winning her first major title at the 2020 French Open, Wozniacki established herself as the dominant force in women’s tennis last year, winning the French Open and the US Open.
This year, she won only the French Open.
If she wins the US Open, she will become the first player in 10 years to win two or more major singles titles in consecutive years since Serena Williams (retired-USA) in 2013.
Williams won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2012 and the French Open and US Open in 2013.
Her opponents include this year’s Australian Open winner, Arina Sabalenka (Belarus), and American Coco Goff, who recently won the Cincinnati Open and will have home court advantage.
Korean men’s tennis ‘signature’ Kwon Soon-woo (Dangjin City Hall) will take on Christopher Eubanks (USA) in the first round of singles.
In the women’s singles, qualifier Han Na-rae (Bucheon City Hall) will face this year’s Wimbledon winner, Marketa Vondroushova (Czech Republic), 카지노사이트넷 in the second round.