March 2, 2021, 23:35

US Open 2019: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among five men’s contenders

US Open 2019: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among five men’s contenders

The US Open begins with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and company all vying to win the final Grand Slam of the year.

Here, we pick out five top players to watch at Flushing Meadows…

Novak Djokovic

The defending champion and hot favorite in the men’s draw, Djokovic is back at the top of his game after his epic Wimbledon final win over Roger Federer. He now has 16 Grand Slam titles, two behind Rafael Nadal and four short of Federer. The Serb’s functional game will never win him the admirers of Federer, but his numbers are stacking up and he is the man to beat over the next fortnight as he looks to claim his third major of an incredible 2019.

Rafael Nadal

The champion as recently as 2017, but question marks will always remain over the condition of Nadal’s knees and whether he can last two weeks on the hard courts. If the Spaniard can stay injury-free, and there is no reason why he can’t, then he will undoubtedly carry his traditional threat – and having pulled out of Cincinnati after winning in Montreal he should at least be fully rested.

Source: skysports.com

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