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Why do Americans win US Open so easy while Frenchmen/Aussies/Britons have to wait and be disappointed, not winning on home soil ?
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This last few years there were so many American champions at the US Open such as ROddick , Agassi , Sampras or those Williamses.

While in the other grand slams the home fans must wait years after years to see their local boys/girls winning the title. On women's side Mary Pierce was the last frenchwoman to win RG but on men's side Yannick was the last one. When was that ? I've already forgot.

Who was the last Aussi lads to win Aussi Open ? I cannot remember.
Lleyton won US Open and Wimbledon but has yet win Australian Open.
Rafter won US Open twice, reaching finals at Wimbledon but never made it to the finals of Aussi Open.
Philippoussis was the runner-up at both the US Open and Wimbledon.

Wimbledon is even harder, esp for Tim and those on Henman Hill.
Henman had a good run at this year Roland Garros, reaching SF but failed in the quarterfinals on his beloved court.

Can I assume that US Open is the easiest grand slam to win ?
Or American players are just awesome ? Do they feel any pressure at all ?


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cause Americans are the best?
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If you look at the winners of the USO since it moved to hard court, you will see there are very few, if any, "fluke" winners. The players who have dominated the USO are the great past champions of the sport.

1978 -- Connors
1979 -- McEnroe
1980 -- McEnroe
1981 -- McEnroe
1982 -- Connors
1983 -- Connors
1984 -- McEnroe
1985 -- Lendl
1986 -- Lendl
1987 -- Lendl
1988 -- Wilander
1989 -- Becker
1990 -- Sampras
1991 -- Edberg
1992 -- Edberg
1993 -- Sampras
1994 -- Agassi
1995 -- Sampras
1996 -- Sampras
1997 -- Rafter
1998 -- Rafter
1999 -- Agassi
2000 -- Safin
2001 -- Hewitt
2002 -- Sampras
2003 -- Roddick

The only two who haven't proven themselves as great champions yet are Safin and Roddick. But, there is time left for them to do that.
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Because they love the hardcourt because they feed off of the crowd, they don't get psyched from the home court advantage as so many other players do and besides the US has more players for them to win their GS title than do the French, the Aussies, or the Brits.

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I think one of the biggest reasons is the lack of pressure. During the USO, there are still all kinds of other sports going on and tennis is pretty low on the radar, even in the US, even during the biggest tournament here. Andy himself this week said that he thinks Tim is under MUCH more pressure during Wimby than he is during the USO.

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Does the word surface say something to you?????

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Lendl was a great clay court player too. I think he may be the last one who excelled on clay and hardcourts equally.
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maybe so, maratski, but look, grass is Henman's favorite surface, a lot of the Aussies are great on hardcourt/rebound ace, some of the French players are very good on clay, etc. Yes surface has something to do with it, for sure, as fast hardcourt is the preferred surface for most of the Americans but I also think it's several other things as well. Andy could be the favorite last year at the USO but still fly under a lot of radars, whereas Tim and the expectations are cover stories on every London paper - that is a BIG difference.

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I think it's mainly due to pressure. I remember when everyone used to ask why Americans hadn't won the French Open since Tony Trabert. Then when Chang finally broke through and won there it probably made it a little easier for Courier and Agassi to win there too.
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I think one of the biggest reasons is the lack of pressure. During the USO, there are still all kinds of other sports going on and tennis is pretty low on the radar, even in the US, even during the biggest tournament here. Andy himself this week said that he thinks Tim is under MUCH more pressure during Wimby than he is during the USO.
Tennis isn't at all big in Britain either, even if Wimbledon is. We also have lots of sport going on around this time too - English teams have been busy losing in Football, Rugby and Cricket just recently.

Of course there is more pressure - we've been waiting 68 years for a mens champion, which would make it a much bigger thing if we got one - but I don't think Henman has suffered from it more than he's benefited from the support. He wouldn't have beaten Sampras or Hewitt wherever he played, though being somewhere drier might have helped against Goran . Henman's problem has been that there has always been someone better.
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Re: Why do Americans win US Open so easy while Frenchmen/Aussies/Britons have to ...

Tim has never even won a title on his fave surface.

My point is just that there are more players who do well on hardcourt then on any other surface. This means that Americans have more chance to win the USO, then the french players for instance have of winning RG. Of course the pressure is a big part too.

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The fifth set if played is a tie break... not till a break of serve... with big servers like andy or those with good tie breaks record.....that could work to their advantage...

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they don't know the word "pression" !
And tennis is not as important in the USA as in the other grand slams countries. During Wimby, RG everybody is focused on their home players.
Anyway Americans have a big fighting spirit, they're strong mentally, they're brought up like that: to be the best, there are no place for the second.
They're less sensible I think. It works.

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