With less than a week to go, the eyes of the tennis world are firmly set on Flushing, N.Y., as the 133rd annual US Open tennis tournament settles into its final week at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. In typical fashion, the tournament has yielded some surprising results, with plenty more action still to come.
One of the biggest upsets of the tournament thus far occurred on a rain-soaked Sept. 2 when seventh-seeded Roger Federer fell in the round of 16 to 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain. Though Federer has struggled throughout 2013, the loss still came as a shock to most considering he had defeated Robredo in all 10 previous meetings. The win sets up a showdown between Robredo and fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, but at the expense of what would have been the first-ever Nadal-Federer US Open clash. Federer’s loss also marks the first time in over a decade that the Swiss-born star was unable to make the finals in any of the year’s Grand Slam tournaments.
Federer wasn’t the only high-seeded US Open competitor to bow out early. In the second round of men’s singles, sixth-seeded 2009 champion Juan Martin Del Potro was knocked out by Australia’s unseeded Lleyton Hewitt, while the women’s side produced even more major upsets, with six of the top 10 singles players knocked out of the competition before the quarterfinals.
On the plus side, many fan favorites are still in play. For the men, that includes the top five ranked players in the world in Novak Djokovic, Nadal, defending champ Andy Murray, David Ferrer, and Tomas Berdych, and the top two for the women including defending champ Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. In doubles, the top-seeded Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, will be looking to take home a second consecutive trophy, while Serena Williams will be teaming up with her sister Venus in the hopes of clinching the duo’s third US Open doubles title and first since 2009.
Plenty of US Open tennis tickets remain, so check out the schedule below and secure seats for the exciting conclusion to the Grand Slam season.
Tentative 2013 US Open Schedule (weather permitting)
Sept. 3-5 – Remainder of Round of 16 matches, Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals
Sept. 6 – Women’s Semifinals
Sept. 7 – Men’s Semifinals
Sept. 8 – Women’s Final
Sept. 9 – Men’s Final