The men’s qualification of the US Open 2021, about to start on August 30, It has several tennis players from the circuit with various curiosities and striking data to highlight.
The first of them, and perhaps the most renowned of this qualifying stage, is Fernando Verdasco. The current No. 132 in the world became No. 7 in the world, semi-finalist at Roland Garros (2017), winner of seven ATP titles in singles and champion of three Davis Cup with Spain. What’s more, He is one of the active players with more than 500 victories on the circuit.
For the 37-year-old veteran, it will be the first time in his career that he has played a Grand Slam tournament qualifier.. His rival will be the Argentine Facundo Mena, ranked 215.
Then this Ivo Karlovic (223 °) who has the record for the most aces in the entire history of tennis. The 42-year-old, who will retire after the US Open, it has 13,709. The 2.11m Croatian was also a Davis Cup champion with Croatia, breaking into the Top 15 in 2008 and winning eight ATP titles.
Another curious member of the qualy is Ernest Gulbis. The Lithuanian, currently ranked 195, made the Top 10 in 2014, was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros 2014 (he beat Roger Federer in that tournament) and its showcases have six ATP titles.
Finally, the participation of Lukas Rosol (212 °), Sergiy Stakhovsky (225 °) and Denis Istomin (207 °) stand out.. These three players have the peculiarity that they they beat a member of the Big 3 at least once.
On the Czech side, in 2012 he beat Rafael Nadal on the Wimbledon pitch in a five-set battle. By of the Ukrainian, did the same with Federer at Wimbledon 2013 and he is tied in the record with the Swiss 1-1. And to close, The Uzbek beat Novak Djokovic in the last match in which they met: Australian Open 2017.