The season’s last Major tournament starts on Monday in New York, with 128 players battling for the US Open crown. Since 2004, there have been eight different US Open champions, and five of them will not compete in New York in the following two weeks. After Juan Martin del Potro and Stan Wawrinka, top-10 stars Rafael Nadal, the defending champion Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer had to withdraw from the US Open due to injuries. Federer still struggles with a knee injury, while Nadal injured his foot in the Roland Garros semi-final against Novak Djokovic, with both legends skipping the rest of the season. Thiem injured his right wrist in Mallorca in June and has not played since, missing the US Open title defense and the remaining events of the season. All eyes are set on the 20-time Major champion Novak Djokovic, the top seed and the main favorite to lift the trophy, pass Federer and Nadal and secure the first calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969!
Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev could meet in the semis.
The young guns will try to spoil Novak’s party and battle for the first Major crown, with seven of the top-8 seeds born between 1996 and 1999! Novak will face a qualifier in the opening round ahead of potential clashes against Kei Nishikori, David Goffin, Aslan Karatsev, Taylor Fritz and Alex de Minaur before the quarter-final. Hubert Hurkacz and Matteo Berrettini should fight in the last 16 and determine Novak’s rival in a battle for the semis. The Olympic Games and Cincinnati champion Alexander Zverev leads the second quarter, facing Sam Querrey in the opening round and guys like Jannik Sinner, Gael Monfils, Pablo Carreno Busta, Reilly Opelka, Karen Khachanov and Denis Shapovalov en route to the final four.
Alexander served for the title against Thiem in the last year’s final before losing in five sets and will try to leave that setback behind him and lift the first Major trophy. Andrey Rublev, Roberto Bautista Agut, Nick Kyrgios, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas are packed in the third quarter, with the Briton and the Greek fighting in the opening round! Daniil Medvedev and Cristian Ruud lead the bottom quarter, and the Russian should reach the semis if he performs at his best, with not many tough rivals standing on his path.