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2015 US Open Day 5 preview: Djokovic, Williams and Nadal to fire

Abhishek Jain
SENIOR ANALYST
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700   //    04 Sep 2015, 20:37 IST

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic This year’s last and 4th Grand Slam, the US Open, is currently underway the city of New York, USA. The 2-week tournament is being hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York City.The Ladies draw is now truly open as Caroline Wozniacki and Gabrine Muguruza have both lost their round 2 matches.The US Open total prize money for 2015 was increased by 10.5 percent to a record $42,253,400, which potentially could reach almost 45 million dollars. The prize money for the singles title is to be around $3,300,000, both for ladies and gentlemen singles.Let us have a look at some of the important Singles matches on day 5:

#1 Novak Djokovic (1) vs Andreas Seppi (25)

Djokovic-Seppi

The number one seeded Serbian International Novak Djokovic will face number 25 seeded Italian International Andreas Seppi in the round 3 gentlemen’s singles match at the US Open. 

The 9-time Grand Slam winner Novak progressed to round 3 following comfortable straight set victories over unseeded Joao Souza(6-1,6-1,6-1) in round 1 and Andreas Haider-Maurer(6-4,6-1,6-2) in round 2 while Seppi won against Tommy Paul(6-4,6-0,7-5) in the 1st round and Teymuraz Gabashvili(3-6,6-3,7-6,6-1)  in the 2nd round.

They two players have met each other on 10 previous occasions, with Novak winning all of their encounters which also includes 6 hard court victories as well.

WTA Rankings

Novak Djokovic: 1 (14,865 points)

Andreas Seppi: 25 (1,430 points)

Prediction: 2011 US Open Winner Novak Djokovic to win in straight sets.

#2 Serena Williams (1) vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Serena Williams and Bethanie Mattek Sands
Serena Williams and Bethanie Mattek-Sands
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The 21-time Grand Slam winner and 6-time US Open winner Serena Williams will face Bethanie Mattek-Sands in an all-American clash in the 3rd round Ladies singles match on Day 5 of the US Open.

33-year old Serena progressed to the 3rd round by winning her round 1 match against Vitalia Diatchenko(6-0,2-0 retired) and her round 2 match against Kiki Bertens(7-5,6-3) while her opponent won against Kateryna Kozlova(6-4,6-3) and Coco Vandeweghe(6-2,6-1) in the 1st round and 2nd round respectively.

The two players have met on 2 previous occasions with Serena winning the both encounters in straight sets. 

WTA Rankings

Serena Williams: 1 (12721 points)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands: 101 (609 points)

Predictions: Serena to the tie in straight sets.

#3 Fabio Fognini (32) vs Rafael Nadal (8)

Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini
Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini

The 2-time US Open Winner Rafael Nadal will face the Italian International and number 32 seeded Fabio Fognini in the 3rd round Gentlemen’s Singles match at the US Open.

The 29-year old Nadal progressed to the 3rd round with comfortable victories over teenager Borna Coric(6-3,6-2,4-6,6-4) in the 1st round and Diego Schwartzman(7-6,6-3,7-5) in the 2nd round while Fabio Fognini won against Steve Johnson and Pablo Cuevas in the 1st and 2nd round respectively.

The two players have met each other on 7 previous occasions with Nadal winning 5 of those encounters.

WTA Rankings

Rafael Nadal: 8 (3,680 points)

Fabio Fognini: 32 (1,165 points)

Prediction: Nadal to go through with a 4-set win.

#4 Belinda Bencic(12) vs Venus Williams(23)

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7-time Grand Slam winner and 2-time US Open winner Venus Williams will face a tough test in number 12 seeded Belinda Bencic in her 3rd round Ladies Singles match.

The 18-year old Bencic progressed to the 3rd round with victories over Sesil Karatantcheva(6-1,6-2) in the 1st round and Misaki Doi(5-7,7-6,6-3) in the 2nd round while Venus won her matches against Monica Puig(6-4,6-7,6-3) and Irina Falconi(6-3,6-7,6-2) in the 1st round and 2nd round respectively.

The two players have met each other in the professional cicuit on 3 previous occasions with Venus coiming out on top on all three occasions.

WTA Rankings

Belinda Bencic: 12 (3,035 points)

Venus Williams: 23 (2,072 points)

Prediction: Venus to go through in a closely fought contest.


#5 Martin Cilic (9) vs Mikhail Kukushkin

Martin Cilic and Mikhail Kukushkin
Martin Cilic and Mikhail Kukushkin

The 2014-US Open winner Martic Cilic will take on Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin in the 3rd round Gentlemen’s Singles match on day 5 at the 2015 US Open.

The 26-year old defending US Open Champion Martin Cilic progressed to the 3rd round with victories over G.Pella(6-3,7-6,7-6) in the 1st round and E.Donskoy(6-2,6-3,7-5) in the 2nd round while Mikhail won against Y.Lu(6-3,6-3,3-0 retired) and G.Dimitrov(6-3,7-6,2-6,4-6,6-4) in the 1st round and 2nd round respectively.

The two players have met each other on 2 previous occasions with both winning 1, Cilic’s win over Mikhail was more recent in 2014.

WTA Rankings

Martin Cilic: 9 (3,550 points)

Mikhail Kukushkin: 56 (842 points)

Prediction: Cilic to continue in his Championship’s defence and will go through to the pre-quarters

#6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (19) vs Sergiy Stakhovsky

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sergiy Stakhovsky
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sergiy Stakhovsky

The 2011 quarter-finalists Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will face the Ukranian International Sergiy Stakhovsky in the 3rd round Gentlemen’s Singles match on day 5.

The Frenchman won his 1st round match against J.Nieminen(6-3,6-1,6-1) and his 2nd round match against M.Granollers(6-3,6-4,6-3) while the 29-year old Sergiy won against J.Millman(6-1,3-6,7-6,6-4) and I.Marchenko(6-4,7-6,4-6,6-4) in the 1st round and 2nd round respectively.

The two players have met on previous occasiosn in the professional circuit with Tsonga winning 4 of those encounters.

WTA Rankings

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: 18 (1,675 points)

Sergiy Stakhovsky: 60 (804 points)

Prediction:  Tsonga going through in a 5-set thriller.


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