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Learn about a rare occurrence in a Grand Slam tournament that will happen today in the final of the 2022 US Open. That a Grand Slam trophy and the top ranking are at stake in the same final are facts that rarely coincide. Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz will be one of the best finals in recent years.
Nadal, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, and Zverev are all top players who were favourites to be in this last game, but some fell in the first round, others did not reach the quarter-finals or even the quarter-finals, and in the case of Zverev he did not even participate. With most of the top seeds out of the tournament, it was all down to those last two competitors to become the new US Open champion and number one in the ATP Rankings.
Five Top Seeds for the 2022 US Open Men’s Event
The last day of the US Open 2022 has arrived. The 2 best players of the tournament will give their best to win this edition which is unique, as neither of them has ever won this tournament, in fact, neither of them has ever won a Grand Slam. Whoever lifts the trophy, we will have a new champion!
Seeds at Men’s 2022 US Open
As already indicated, this year there are 32 seeded players in the tournament, and these were the ones who would have the best chance of winning the title. Everything went as expected, and the 2 competitors who remain active are part of these 32. We decided to focus on the top five, and three others who have maintained a good level throughout the year. Of our 8 picks, 2 are still active, and they both are finalists.
Daniil Medvedev – Seed 1 – OUT in ROUND OF 16
Medvedev’s US Open adventure ended earlier than he thought it would and failing to defend his title risks losing his position as ATP ranking leader. Once again, the Russian lost to Kyrgios, one of Medvedev’s toughest opponents in recent years. Being knocked out in the round of 16 is a failure for the Russian tennis player and broke all predictions that he was favourite to repeat as champion.
Kyrgios defeated Medvedev 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6
Rafael Nadal – Seed 2 – OUT in ROUND OF 16
It’s no surprise that Nadal got through the first rounds with ease, as his three opponents did not make the Spaniard have to push himself, not even the veteran Gasquet. Rafa has won the US Open a total of four times, so he has tasted plenty of success on these courts in the past. The most recent title for Nadal came in 2019, where he beat the current defending champion, Daniil Medvedev. And since he is seeded 2nd at the 2022 US Open, he has been put at the very bottom of the draw. I just hope that his body holds up for the next two weeks so we don’t have a repeat of Wimbledon earlier this year.
Tiafoe defeated Nadal 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Carlos Alcaraz – Seed 3 – THROUGH TO FINAL
The Spanish tennis player will have the opportunity to emulate his compatriot Rafael Nadal and become the best in the ATP ranking at such a young age. This would be the first Grand Slam in the young player’s short professional career. Watching Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz we could be seeing the first of many titles in the Spaniard’s promising career.
Alcaraz is seeded 3rd this year, and unlike the first two guys, he has yet to win a Grand Slam in his career. In addition, Alcaraz did make the quarter-finals last year, beating several top guys in the process – including the number 4 seed this year. I have the feeling that he needs to break through on the Grand Slam level to announce himself as the next big thing, however. Of course, he is a huge talent, but grabbing a Grand Slam would solidify the hype.
Next opponent: Casper Ruud (Seed 5)
Stefanos Tsitsipas – Seed 4 – OUT in R1
It is normal for some top 10 players to be out of the tournament in the semi-finals or quarter-finals, but to be out of a Grand Slam is a complete failure. The Greek Tsitsipas did not have a great performance in his duel against the Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan, who took advantage of his opponent’s downturn to win in four sets. The tennis player himself confessed that his desire to be number one in the world played against him instead of motivating him. He will surely drop many places in the ranking after this failure.
Galan defeated Tsitsipas 6-0, 6-1, 3-6, 7-5
Casper Ruud – Seed 5 – THROUGH TO FINAL
After 6 consecutive victories, the Norwegian will finally have the chance to play in the US Open final and challenge for the world’s No. 1 ranking. The obstacles along the way were not so easy, but he was able to fulfill his role as favourite now. When Casper Ruud faces Carlos Alcaraz it will be his biggest challenge, and winning would be his greatest achievement.
There is plenty of hype and talk surrounding his potential, but he is still viewed as a clay court player mainly. Then again, Ruud has beaten many top guys on hard courts. And he did make the final at the Miami Masters earlier this year. So clearly, he can make deep draw runs at these larger tournaments. Although like Tsitsipas, the 3rd round of the US Open has been his best performance in New York to date.
Next opponent: Carlos Alcaraz (Seed 3)
Other Seeds Who Have Potential at the US Open 2022
Now that I’ve covered the top guys, let me cover three guys that are also seeded and have an outside shot at winning the tournament.
Nick Kyrgios – Seed 23 – OUT in QUARTER-FINALS
After a great performance in this tournament, in which he won important victories, the controversial Nick Kyrgios is out of the US Open. After eliminating the number 1 in the ranking, the Australian tennis player took the lead as favourite for the title but unbelievably lost to the worst ranked player in the ranking of those still in the competition. It was also a great tournament for Kyrgios, who has yet to win a Grand Slam singles title.
Khachanov defeated Kyrgios 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 4-6
Taylor Fritz – Seed 10 – OUT in R1
The solidity that Fritz showed throughout the year was not reflected in his feature against 303rd ATP-ranked Brandon Holt. Taylor won the first set with a tiebreak game, from that moment he knew that it would not be easy to defeat Holt it would not. Holt held on to win in four sets. A defeat that must surely still be hanging over his head.
Holt defeated Fritz 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4
Cameron Norrie – Seed 7 – OUT in R3
The truth is that Norrie’s opponents have not been at Norrie’s level, who has won all his matches in straight sets. In the next round, everything will be different as he will face the 11 of the ATP ranking, the Russian Andrey Rublev. Last but not least, I had to mention Cameron Norrie. This man just works and works out there on the court, and his staying power is remarkable. He might not be the biggest ball striker, but he claims plenty of wins on fitness and court craft. So for me, Norrie is a potential dark horse at the US Open this year.
Rublev defeated Norrie 4-6, 4-6, 4-6
Full Men’s US Open seeds list
- Daniil Medvedev
- Rafael Nadal
- Carlos Alcaraz
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Casper Ruud
- Felix Auger-Aliassime
- Cameron Norrie
- Hubert Hurkacz
- Andrey Rublev
- Taylor Fritz
- Jannik Sinner
- Pablo Carreno Busta
- Matteo Berrettini
- Diego Schwartzman
- Marin Cilic
- Roberto Bautista Agut
- Grigor Dimitrov
- Alex de Minaur
- Denis Shapovalov
- Dan Evans
- Botic van de Zandschulp
- Frances Tiafoe
- Nick Kyrgios
- Francisco Cerundolo
- Borna Coric
- Lorenzo Musetti
- Karen Khachanov
- Holger Rune
- Tommy Paul
- Maxime Cressy
- Nikoloz Basilashvili
- Miaomir Kecmanovic