Return of big names bolsters U.S. Open men's draw

Andy Murray enjoys practice session with Juan Martin del Potro ahead of US Open

Andy Murray enjoys practice session with Juan Martin del Potro ahead of US Open

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who earned his first Grand Slam title in more than two years when he triumphed at Wimbledon in July, is favourite to win the US Open that starts at Flushing Meadows tomorrow. Another great moment of tennis when Arthur Ashe won his first, unforgettable Slam title, in front of his home-crowd.

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have won an unbelievable cumulative Grand Slam tally of 50 titles, having won 46 of the last 54 Grand Slam tournaments and hogged the No. 1 ranking 719 out of the previous 760 weeks.

Kerber will be aiming to expunge the memory of a first-round exit past year.

The sixth seeded player may face Federer in the quarter-finals if he gets there. "That's what the focus needs to be, and then the draw is what it is".

Last year, he picked up seven titles with an overall 52-5 win-loss record.

That will undoubtedly impact on the trio's respective fortunes in the long term, but over the course of the upcoming fortnight in NY, such disparities should count for little and Federer, on course for a last-eight meeting with Djokovic, unarguably has the game to topple both.

"But because he won Cincinnati, I could have also played Novak in the fourth round if he wouldn't have made a move in the rankings".

They are two of the greatest players in history - and two of the slowest between points.

"But I think it's incredible for me just thinking about tennis, not talking any more about the injuries, and coming to this tournament thinking about my highest ranking or my big expectations".

Champion in 2011 and 2015, and a five-time runner-up, Djokovic sat out the 2017 US Open to nurse an elbow injury.

"He knows how to make the best players even better".

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"Last year I played a lot, I won a lot". I know, in terms of points compared to the victor, it's a bit of a joke, 360 to 2,000 points, but I don't think Novak and myself are playing for ATP points, per se.

Both got a chance to see what this new, stricter world will look like during a test run at a handful of hard-court tuneup tournaments over the past month.

The former world number one, now ranked 378 in the world, has prepared by playing the Washington and Cincinatti tournaments, winning three rounds in the first but losing in the first round at the second. The three-time US Open champion could face South African Kevin Anderson (five seed) in the quarterfinals.

"I'm not going in there thinking I'm going to lose", she said.

It was another instance of personal matters intruding on the tennis court in a way they never have before, with Williams opening up about her struggles with post-partum emotions since the birth of daughter Olympia last September, and wrestled with feelings of inadequacy that many new mothers experience. "That gave me a chance to rest the week after in Cincinnati".

Tough to bet against the German in this spot after beating Serena at Wimbledon in the finals and with a 2016 Open title on her résumé.

He skipped the clay season as chances of beating Nadal on red clay were nearly nonexistent.

"The last couple of days (before the tournament) is the moment to understand, that you really realize if you are better, you are worse - when you start to put the full mind on what you're doing". One would be in the section of the draw that 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro (3 seed) is in. del Potro is a fan favorite and has one of the best forehands in the sport.

Despite a semi-final exit at Wimbledon last month, the Spaniard is relying on memories of last year's win at Flushing Meadows to spur him on.

Despite last year's lopsided victory, Nadal said Anderson would pose a serious threat.

In fact, there isn't a single player in his entire half that Nadal would be particularly concerned about. He has a huge serve. "He's one of these players that are risky for everybody".

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