It felt like it was only the other day that Murray delighted the nation at SW19 but today it the start of the final grand slam of the year, The 133rd US Open.
Can Murray cope with the expectation of defending the title?
After Murrays epic 4 hour and 54 minutes win over Djokovic in last years final and his second grand slam title at Wimbledon this year he obviously is a strong favourite. With Murray so use to having to cope with pressure put on him,especially from British fans he should be able to cope with the mentality easily however his form during the lead up hasn't been so good with straight sets losses in the second round in Montreal to Gulbis and a quarter final lost to Berdych in Cincinnati. Saying this Murray does seem to save his best form for the Grand slams with Murray reaching at least the last 8 in every slam since Australia 2011.
Can Federer regain form?
Murray may of received some stick for his form in the run up to Flushing Meadows but it is nothing compared to Federer with article after article questioning if the Swiss great is finally reaching the end of his triumphant career. Quoting Reuters Federer is clearly here to prove a point. He said:-
"Clearly when I come here I don't just look at making the quarter finals, you know".
Federer is seeded a very low 7th (one of the lowest seeding he has had for years) and begins his campaign against Grega Zemlja.
Can a underdog win?
Could this finally be Radwanskas year. She has never made if past the forth round before au the US open but the third seed has made it to the quarter finals in France and Australia as well as the semi finals of Wimbledon in 2013. A bigger underdog could potentially come in the form of Simona Halep. Since June Halep has won 4 WTA titles including her recent win over Kvitova at the New Haven final. Other players to look out for is former champion Sam Stosur who has recently encountered some good form, Li Na is always a threat and youngsters Sloane Stephens and Laura Robson definitely have the potential to go deep in the draw.
On other other hand in the mens draw a underdog is a bit less likely but not impossible. Jerzy Janowicz reached the Semi finals at wimbledon but recently lost in the first round of Cincinatti, can the pol regain his form and become a big threat yet again? Not a underdog but I think the best person to spoil Murray or Nadals plans comes in the form on Juan Martin del Potro. Fans should definitely keep a eye on him.
Finally here is Tennisbanters five must see matches of day 1:-
Evans v Nishikori
Ferrer v Krygios
S.Williams v Schiavone
Nadal v Harrison
Robson v Dominguez Lino