Medvedev and Khachanov start at the US Open. What is important to know
Compared to the tournament last year, the prize Fund increased by $4 million and became a record in tennis history — $57 million other Organizers of the competition series «Grand slam» was distributed among participants in the current season the following amounts:
— Open championship of Australia — $44.5 million
— Open championship of France — $42.6 million
— Open championship of England — $49.4 million
The participants of the US Open, the speakers in the single category will receive the following amounts:
— winners — $3.85 million;
— finalists — $1.9 million;
— semi-finalists — $960 thousand;
— quarter-finalists — us $500 thousand;
— members of the fourth circle — $280 thousand;
— the third circle — $163 thousand;
parties of the second circle — $100 thousand;
— the participants of the first round of $58 million
Tennis players, competing in pairs:
— winners — $740k;
— finalists — $370 thousand;
— semi-finalists — $175 thousand;
— quarterfinalists — $91 thousand;
— members of the fourth circle — $50 thousand;
— the third circle — $30 thousand;
— the participants of the second round — a $17 thousand
Last year’s winner, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the leader of the ATP rankings, is seeded at the US Open at the first number. In total he won the U.S. Open three times (2011, 2015, 2018). At the top of the mesh also five-time US Open champion (2004-2008), the Swiss Roger Federer (third world), Daniil Medvedev (fifth place in the rating) and lagging behind the Russians in two lines of Japanese Kei Nishikori.
In the bottom of the grid are second seeded, won the US Open three times (2010, 2013, 2017) the Spaniard Rafael Nadal, fourth-seeded Austrian Dominic Tim, who is in sixth place in the ranking of the German Alexander Zverev, number eight Greek Stefanos Zizipus and ninth racket of the world Russian Karen Khachanov.
The Russians. Men.
In the top ten immediately, two Russians, which has not happened since 2010. Medvedev and Khachanov prior to the start of the US Open week did not play and decided to rest.
The only Russian who won the U.S. Open is Marat Safin (2000). And now as one of the top favorites coming to the Open championship of the USA Medvedev. «Seeing the results of Daniel in recent tournaments, it is possible that he will win the US Open or come to the final», — told RBC two-time winner of the Davis Cup national team of Russia Mikhail Youzhny.
During the three previous weeks, Medvedev has played three finals. After losing in Montreal and Washington, in Cincinnati he has achieved victory for the first time in his career after winning the tournament of a series «masters».
23-year-old Russian twice in the season beat Djokovic that over the last ten years, managed only seven players. The experience of victory over the first racket of the world is particularly important, given that Medvedev and Serbian are in the same half of the grid. These athletes can meet in the quarterfinals. Before this stage, opponents of the top 10 they will not.
Khachanov this year played in the quarterfinals of the French Open, was in the semifinals in Montreal, losing to Medvedev. In new York city in the fourth round he could meet with Zverev, and in the quarterfinal with Nadal.
For 23-year-old Russian US Open is very important from the point of view of selection for the final tournament of the year, where you will get the eight best tennis players.
21-year-old Andrey Rublev draw was not lucky — in the first round he will compete with Ticipation. However, not long ago, in Cincinnati, the Russian defeated Federer. Progress in his game is obvious, so nothing is impossible. In the latest version of Rublev ranking rose from 47th to 43rd place.
Last year’s champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the quarterfinals of the tournament in Cincinnati due to a knee injury. According to her, now about winning the US Open, she thinks, and try to just play along. Not will perform in new York because of injury, the finalist of the Open championship of France Czech Market Vondrusova.
Among the favorites — the second racket of the world, the reigning champion of the «Roland Garros» Australian Ashleigh Barty in third and sixth place in the WTA ranking Czech Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova, winner of Wimbledon 2019 Romanian Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina, the fourth and fifth racket of the world.
And, of course, we cannot forget 37-letnuu six-time winner of the U.S. Open (1999, 2002, 2008, 2012-2014) American Serena Williams. Last year she played in the final.
The Russians. Women.
None of the Russian tennis player did not hit the number 32 seed (the best, according to the organizers) for the first time since 2001, when the same situation happened before the draw of Wimbledon. At the US Open, a similar case was previously recorded in 1998, but then the number of seeds was two times smaller — 16.
Top rated Russian Daria Kasatkina was in the rating of only 42-e a place, but was eliminated from the draw.
In the latest version of the rating Anna Blinkova rose to nine lines and is now 84th racket of the world. Last week she reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in new York. In the first round she will play against Osaka, which is not okay with the knee.
18 August in the final of the tournament in Cincinnati played a 34-year-old Svetlana Kuznetsova, the champion of the U.S. Open 2004. She went up in ranking more than a hundred places. Maybe by the US Open she will fit in best in the last years form?
Maria Sharapova, the winner of US Open 2006, 87th in the rankings, in the first round to meet Serena Williams. American this season played in the Wimbledon final, while the Russian woman does not show stable game. Full-time matches Williams has a big advantage (19-2), so the victory Sharapova will be sensational.
The US Open will finish on 8 September.