The US Open 2017 has just finished and it was a tournament that literally had everything. Epic comebacks, shock victories, injuries and breakthroughs were all to be seen; which had the fans and pundits licking their wounds from some shocking results, although off-the-books correspondence from Sportingbet showed they enjoyed a healthy victory. Flushing Meadows really did see it all, and here are a few memorable moments from the US Open 2017 that people will look back on fondly and remember the great tournament that has just taken place:
Tiafoe Gives Federer Food for Thought
Roger Federer, the current men’s Wimbledon champion, drew Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the Open, but was made to work extremely hard for the victory. Federer was the favourite to win the tournament from the outset, but the young American took the 19-time Grand Slam winner to five sets. Federer, who won 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, looked extremely rusty and Tiafoe repeatedly capitalised on this. Was this a sign of things to come with the 19-year-old giving hope to the younger players in the tournament and is Federer going to be really up against it?
Maria Sharapova made her return to action after 19 months out due to a drugs ban and immediately made sure no one had forgotten about her. Her opening round tie saw her do battle with world No.2 Simona Halep, who was aiming to take top spot in the standings. The hype around the game was huge and it was Sharapova who remarkably came out on top. The 30-year-old beat Halep 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and, in doing so, announced that she was back to the tennis world.
Kvitova Stuns Muguruza
The fourth round match between Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza was always going to an interesting spectacle after doctors had told Kvitova she was unlikely to play tennis again after being attacked in her own home, with her left hand taking serious damage. Muguruza, who had won Wimbledon with aplomb, was expected to fare well at Flushing Meadows, but Kvitova had other ideas. Against all the odds the Czech managed to win 7-6, 6-3, after only picking a racket up for the first time since the attack in May.
Del Potro Won His Fourth Round Tie Thanks to the Crowd
Juan Martin Del Potro found himself on the verge of crashing out of the tournament in the fourth round and said so himself that he was at the point where he knew it was over. Dominic Thiem was two sets to love up with Del Potro looking way off the pace and in the absence of energy, all hope seemed to be lost. The crown had other ideas though. They rallied as Del Potro somehow fought his way back into the match and as their support grew in intensity, so did Del Potro. He eventually won 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4.
Nadal Ups the Ante
Rafa Nadal had literally cruised to the semi-finals having not played a single seeded opponent. He looked like he was playing in second gear and when he lost the first set in his semi against Del Potro, it seemed to shock the world number one into life. He immediately hit top gear, flying past Del Potro before dispatching Kevin Anderson in the final with ease and in typical dominant fashion. That’s title number 16 for Nadal.
Friends Do Battle in the Women’s Final
Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys met in the final at the Open and away from the court the two are very close friends. Their friendship was evident as they embraced at the net in which was a lovely moment to cap off a great tournament. It was a huge surprise that both players had made it to the final in the first place and it was Stephens who ended it as champion, winning 6-3, 6-0.