Our 2017 US Open Mens' Singles Final Preview

True to the spirit of the entire mens' section of this year's US Open, the US Open mens' singles final will be a non-event. Intermittent flashes of fireworks will no doubt occur, but the match will ultimately be a poor relation of the other US Open finals that preceded it. These are our reasons for why that is so...

A wide mismatch in ability...

Kevin Anderson is a strong player in his own right. He has a very solid offensive game, with powerful serves that have been giving him numerous free points and a punishing forehand that adds a great degree of uncertainty to rallies involving him. However, he is small fry when matched up against the second greatest tennis player of all time. Their 6-0 head-to-head record with Nadal in the ascendant spot is testament to that. The virtual absence of uncertainty about the winner of the match means that this match would already lack a very important match-enjoyment factor - anticipatory excitement.

It is the match right after the Nadal-Del Potro semi-final...

Del Potro and Kevin Anderson share the same game style, which resolves around being very aggressive on the court with their naturally strong forehands and serves. The only difference is Kevin Anderson has less power, and moves with less agility than the former. This final would most probably be a much less entertaining version of the Del Potro-Nadal final, with Nadal scrambling successfully for all the power-shots and out-footing his opponent, with much less sweat.

Unless you are a serious Nadal fan, we do not recommend a viewing of this final...

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