Winner of a Grand Slam Tournament for the 18th time in her career, the American has never seemed as strong than she is now. Behind, Roger Federer has missed the opportunity to make history once again while Kei Nishikori made his Japanese island crazy about tennis. But the real revelation of the week remains Marin Cilic. Surprise winner without ever bending the knees.
1 – Serena Williams (+1).
The American gets better with age with this victory at the US Open against the Dane Caroline Wozniacki (6-3, 6-3), 18th title of her career in Grand Slam tournaments. It must be said that the youngest Williams sister took inspiration from the best, especially the service of Milos Raonic. She even asked him for advice on Twitter:
But the most beautiful encounter of this American fortnight, it was the one with the amazing Kevin Spacey, the boss of House of Cards. Amongst other things…
2 – Roger Federer (-1).
And no, Roger Federer didn’t win his 18th Grand Slam title. Blame Marin Cilic and his service, better than the Swiss in the semi-finals (3-6, 4-6, 4-6). Too bad, the boss was in a good mood. As demonstrated in this video shot on the eve of his match against the Spaniard Bautista-Agut where we can see a very cool Roger.
Whatever happens, the Swiss remains the most popular player of the tour. The Wall Street Journal has also published an interesting study in which journalists were able to calculate the time spent by each player signing autographs after every match. In that game, Roger Federer is the number 1 as he spends an average of 15 minutes 33 seconds with his fans against 12 minutes 27 for the runner up, Novak Djokovic. Roger is up there.
3 – Marin Cilic (NE).
Suspended for doping in 2013, the Croat demolished everything on his way to a first Grand Slam title, and without too much trouble against Nishikori in the final (6-3, 6-3, 6-3). Revelation of the tournament with a service that reminded us of Ivanisevic (his coach, how surprising), the young man was so pleased with his victory that he called his friends and family before receiving the trophy.
But it seemed like the Croat had already won the match before it even started. At least for the website of the ATP on which you could read his name as the winner before the beginning of the final.
A mistake quickly removed... temporarily.
4 – Kei Nishikori (NE).
Winner of the Uniqlo-ico in the semi-finals against Novak Djokovic (6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-3), the Asian player became the first Japanese to reach the finals of a Grand Slam tournament. Enough to wake the land of the rising sun. There, Kei made the front cover of every newspaper.
5 – Maria Sharapova (-2).
Eliminated very quickly by Caroline Wozniacki in the second round (4-6, 6-2, 2-6), the Russian passed through the US Open like a shadow. But when Maria barely exists on the courts, she always finds a way to exist elsewhere. Like with this advertisement for yet another fragrance.
Russia has finally buried Anna Kournikova.
6 – Novak Djokovic (-2).
With Rafael Nadal forfeit, an aging Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka not at their best, this US Open was for Novak Djokovic. Except that the Japanese Kei Nishikori was on the way in the semi-finals. Too bad, the Djoker was pretty well prepared for New York. He’s even been working out shirtless. Very "Flashdance."
7 – Gaël Monfils (NE).
Should we even be surprised to see Gael Monfils play at this level? Not really. Quarter finalist after an angry defeat against Federer (he led two sets to none before collapsing), the French still found a way to hit amazing shots. As this passing shot against the Swiss.
8 – Andy Murray (-3).
Eliminated by Djokovic in the quarterfinals (6-7, 7-6, 2-6, 4-6), the Scot is struggling to regain his level of 2013. Worse, the former winner of Wimbledon 2013 has been mocked publicly By Will Ferrell. A tennis fan, the funniest man of Hollywood has mostly questioned the player's fashion credentials. When the journalist asked him to which tennis player he would ask for fashion advice, the actor replied "Djokovic" before laughing of Andy for his shorts too wide, flashy colours and his British tan.
Arrived in the meantime and good sport, Murray interrupted the actor before receiving another second stop for his tracksuit. All in good spirits. Obviously.
9 – Caroline Wozniacki (/).
Since the Dane broke up with Rory McIlroy, she regained her sensations racquet in hand. The proof with this final against her best friend on the tour. Regardless of the defeat, the two girls have been inseparable and spent the fortnight together.
Besides her superstar girlfriend, the Dane has also expanded her circle of VIP pals with Usain Bolt. One selfie and they were friends for life.
10 – Eugénie Bouchard (-3).
Quickly eliminated by the Russian Makarova in the last 16 (6-7, 4-6), the Canadian finished her week elsewhere than on the tennis courts. We saw her at the Yankee Stadium for a little baseball game where, this time, she managed to touch the ball.
11 – Victoria Azarenka (NE).
The former world number one was also stopped in the quarterfinals by the wonderful Makarova (4-6, 2-6), but she didn’t come to New York for nothing since she took advantage of her American trip to find a cute little teddy to bring back home.
Very Soft. And not ridiculous at all.
12 – Fabio Fognini (-1).
Eliminated by Adrian Mannarino, the Italian didn't "waste time" in "the Big Apple" since he quickly went back home where he chilled out with his sister Fulvia.
13 – Stanislas Wawrinka (-1).
Victim of Nishikori in the quarterfinals in five sets, the Swiss can always say that the weather conditions were not ideal to get through this round. Indeed, we saw the winner of the Australian Open freezing in the locker room before his marathon match against the Japanese.
14 – Ana Ivanovic (-1).
The weeks go by and look alike for the Serb. Eliminated in the second round, she stayed for the second week to bring some glamor and charm to the sponsors parties.
15 – Milos Raonic (NE).
Also victim of Nishikori in the second round, the Canadian thought that he had done the hardest part by becoming Superman the time of a tournament.
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