US Open 2014: Game, Set, Match!

The 2014 US Open Grand Slam is back with all your hottest sizzling tennis stars (literally too, under the scorching hot sun on the American soil), each of them ready to ‘ace’ the finals match and take the Grand Slam trophy home. Both the male and female tennis players slogged hard to win each round of the competition, running across the courts, trying to return each and every shot played. Each time they overcame their nerves, they aced their serves so they wouldn’t have to play so hard for the rest of the matches.

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BFF Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki having a good time in Miami. Photo by Mirror UK.

US Open Women’s Finals

American strongwoman Serena Williams outmuscled her opponent Russian Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 to put herself in the 2014 US Open finals. Danish player Caroline Wozniacki was on a roll herself, although she had an easier match against China’s Peng Shuai who retired nearing the end of the match 7-6, 4-3. Williams and Wozniacki have been known to be confidantes to one another throughout their hardships off the court (Wozniacki’s break-up from golfer Rory McIlroy, and when Williams was seriously ill in 2011), but they will have to put their friendship on hold as they battle to see who rules the hardcourts at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. We’re all hoping for a cracklin’ match!

US Open Men’s Finals

No prizes for guessing who are the two famous names in the men’s semi-finals berth though. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are prepared to renew their “hard court friendship” as they strive to prove to their supporters that they certainly are the best. However, there are two unlikely foes who stand in their way, blocking the gates to the finals match:

Croatian Marin Cilic and Japanese player Kei Nishikori.

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(L) to (R): US Open semifinalists Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, and Kei Nishikori. Photos by Zimbio, Flickr, Zimbio, and Tennis Earth.

Road to the Quarter-Finals

As it’s always the case, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer breezed through their rounds with ease, both winning their matches in straight sets over their opponents. World No.1 Djokovic swiftly disposed off Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to set up his quarter-finals meeting with Andy Murray, while World No.3 Roger Federer made light work of Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to meet Gael Monfils. Not a problem there for the two experienced and veteran players. Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori, on the other hand, were made to work hard for their victories; with Cilic defeating Gilles Simon in a five-setter 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to meet Tomas Berdych, and Nishikori was also involved in a five-set match against Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 6-4 to meet Stanislas Wawrinka. A lot of groundwork and running around but eventually, both Cilic and Nishikori got what they wanted: advancement to the quarter-finals.

Road to the Semi-Finals

In the semi-finals, however, the tables were turned. Marin Cilic had an easier game in the quarter-finals, only having to play a straight three-set match against Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Djokovic, Federer, and Nishikori were made to slog in order to go through to the semi-finals. The Serbian defeated Murray in a four-setter 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 6-4. The Swiss master saw off Monfils in a give-setter 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. And the young Japanese survived a five-setter over Federer’s fellow countryman Wawrinka 3-6, 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. The road to the semi-finals was a really bumpy one.

Road to the Finals

The semi-finals pitched Novak Djokovic against Kei Nishikori, and Roger Federer against Marin Cilic. I don’t have a preference but I’d like to see the underdog winning the 2014 US Open Grand Slam for once. Djokovic and Federer have won many tennis titles already between the two of them. Perhaps a difference name and face would be a refreshing change for once, don’t you think As it turned out, I was right about the results for the men’s US Open 2014 semi-finals. Kei Nishikori worked hard to defeat Novak Djokovic 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to book a spot for himself in the finals, while Marin Cilic sent the former World No.1 Roger Federer home after beating him in three straight easy sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Looks like the young guns are slowly coming up as the big shots now, and threaten to overtake the senior players.

The US Open finals will be on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 5:00pm in the US (early Tuesday morning, September 9, 2014 at 5:00am – Malaysian time). Who do you think will take home the 2014 US Open trophy? Who’s with me on supporting Kei Nishikori? Shall we pray for an Asian to win a competition often dominated by Westerners and Europeans?

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