|Last year’s champion-Andy Murray|
1. Novak Djokovic-has made the finals in three consecutive years, but only has one title to show for it. With Rafa breathing down Novak’s neck, winning the U.S. Open is a must, but hey, no pressure.
2. Rafael Nadal-has been on an absolute tear, since returning from injury, with a near flawless 53-3 record and nine titles this year! Nadal has one U.S. Open title to his name and that came in 2010, when he beat Djokovic.
3. Andy Murray-last year’s champion will be looking to repeat and bring another Grand Slam title to the U.K., but it will not be easy, with a lot of title contenders this year.
4. David Ferrer-has slowed down a bit lately, not getting past the round of 16 in either of his last two tournaments. Ferrer has a favourable draw, where he can go deep (quarters, or maybe even semis).
5. Tomas Berdych-no titles this year for Tomas, after collecting two in 2012. I actually have him going all the way to the finals, believe it, or not. Tomas has a pretty easy draw; his biggest threat will be Murray who he would meet in the quarters.
6. Juan Martin Del Potro-he knows what it feels like to win the title in New York. Do not count him out this year.
7. Roger Federer-weird saying Roger ranked this low, but it just seems like his time is up as a top five tennis player. Even though much is not expected of Roger, I still have him going to the quarters, where he could possible meet rival, Rafa Nadal.
8. Richard Gasquet-he can be a real handful at times for opponents. Richard does not have an over powering serve, but he can still get it done, from time to time. He has not gone past the round of 16 in any Grand Slam this year and I do not think he will at the Open either (I have him facing Raonic in the round of 16).
9. Stanislas Wawrinka-other than the Wimbledon first round exit, Stanislas has shown well this year on the big stage, reaching the quarters at Roland Garros and round of 16 at the Australian, where he lost a tough one to number one, Djokovic. At the U.S. Open, he could very well face South Africa’s, Anderson and frankly, I do not see him beating Kevin.
10. Milos Raonic-had a tremendous run at the Rogers Cup, where he lost to a much better Nadal in the finals. Raonic has not gotten past the round of 16, at any Grand Slam this year, but with a good draw in New York, he might be able to do it here.
(24) Jerzy Janowicz-for the second time in four Grand Slams, I have Janowicz as a possible dark horse. He reached the semis of Wimbledon, where he lost a tough one to eventual champion, Andy Murray. Jerzy possesses a very good serve and he has been working hard to improve other aspects of his game (forehand, net play etc.)
Match Up To Watch
(13) Isner vs. Monfils-this is a very possible match up in the second round of the U.S. Open. Please make it happen. Isner has had a wonderful 2013 season, where he has beaten: Raonic, Djokovic and Del Potro on the hard-court.
(1) Djokovic vs (6) Del Potro
(3) Murray vs (5) Berdych
(10) Raonic vs (24) Janowicz
(7) Federer vs (2) Nadal
(1) Djokovic vs (5) Berdych
(10) Raonic vs (2) Nadal
(5) Berdych vs (2) Nadal
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.