Michelle White from Livetennis.org reviews 3 of the most significant highlights from the 2013 US Open.
1. Rafael Nadal has the chance to become the greatest of all time: Undisputedly! Nadal is already up there after his astonishing sequence of French Open victories but after winning his second US Open title, he moved into third on the all-time list of Grand Slam titles with 13 crowns, just one behind Pete Sampras. Most importantly he’s now a mere four behind Roger Federer and with the Swiss struggling to get past (or even get to) the quarter-final stage these days, it would suggest that his days as a Grand Slam winning force may be over. Nadal is still only 27 and if his body holds up, 4 major titles is certainly achievable. If he does exceed Federer’s tally then he will have the most compelling argument to be the greatest of all time having also won Olympic singles gold and multiple Davis Cup titles, two major omissions from Federer’s otherwise glittering CV.
2. Consistency isn’t likely to become Andy Murray’s strong point: After winning Wimbledon Murray told the media that his new goal was to reach the summit of the world rankings but after the US Open, this dream appears distinctly unlikely, for now. While Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are remorselessly consistent, Murray’s game ebbs and flows. More often than not he seems to peak for the slams which of course is the main thing but he doesn’t seem to be capable of doing both that and also producing his best tennis at the Masters tournaments. With Nadal and Djokovic continuing to rack up huge points totals at those events, if Murray wants to become world no.1 he needs to get motivated for the other 40 weeks of the year.
3. It’s boom time for the veterans: Tennis used to be a sport predominantly for those in their twenties. These days it’s more of an advantage to be in your thirties. Serena Williams is playing better at 31 than she was at 21 and the 2013 US Open proved to be another golden tournament for the veterans. Tommy Robredo reached his first US Open quarter-final at 31 and at 28 Stanislas Wawrinka is finally developing into a player who’s capable of threatening the world’s best on the biggest stages.