Maiden Grand Slam Champion Will Be Crowned In New York

Sep 8, 2014

After two weeks of enthralling and exciting tennis, the two men left standing to do battle for the men’s singles championship on Monday are not the pair of gentlemen that most tennis fans thought they would be, 25 year old Croat and world No.12 Marin Cilic will square off against the Japanese 24 year old and world No.8 Kei Nishikori in the US Open men’s final, that’s not a typo people, it will be definitely be Cilic versus Nishikori doing battle on Arthur Ashe stadium and one of these young men will write their name into tennis history by winning their maiden Grand Slam crown in New York.

Most tennis pundits picked the tournament top seeds Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to once again be vying for Grand Slam glory at Flushing Meadows on the final day of the tournament, that looked highly likely too as we reached the semi-final of the men’s championship with Djokovic favoured to beat Nishikori and Federer favoured to beat Cilic, lightning struck twice on semi-final Saturday in New York however as first Djokovic was ousted by Nishikori in four sets and then Federer was dismantled by the big-serving Cilic in straight sets.

In a refreshing change of pace, we will see for the first time since 2005 no Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Federer or Andy Murray in a Grand Slam final, regardless of how their nerves might affect them, either Cilic or Nishikori will become a Grand Slam champion on a Monday evening in New York unless weather intervenes, so how will the first final minus the big four play out then, Cilic has the bigger serve and that shot has been his go to shot when in trouble, the Croat has already beaten two top 10 players (Tomas Berdych & Federer) on his way to the final, Nishikori meanwhile moves extremely well and he has already beaten three top 10 players (Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka & Djokovic) in the tournament by reaching his first ever Grand Slam final.

The man from Japan holds a 5-2 head to head record against the Croat but the two players have split their only two previous Grand Slam match-ups at the US Open in 2010 (Nishikori) and 2012 (Cilic) respectively, it appears to me that those two previous matches give us the best insight into what might happen on Ashe in the men’s final, it could obviously go either way but let’s hope both Nishikori and Cilic play some fantastic tennis and provide a fitting finale to what has been a very interesting 2014 US Open.

Written by: Tono

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