Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:
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2016 Match Record: 51-5
2016 Singles Titles: 7
Career Singles Titles: 66
Major Titles: 12 – U.S. Open ('11, `15), Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15, `16), French Open ('16), Wimbledon ('11, `14, `15)
Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-Won Championship, `14-Lost in Semifinals, `13-Lost in Final, `12-F, `11-W
Topspin: Reached the semifinals or better each of the last nine years at Flushing Meadows. Five of the past six, made it to the final, including a second U.S. Open title a year ago. … Trying to collect three Grand Slam titles in a single season for the third time (2011, 2015). … Lost in third round at Wimbledon, then first round of Rio Olympics, then pulled out of Cincinnati Masters, citing a sore left wrist.
2016 Match Record: 50-7
2016 Singles Titles: 4
Career Singles Titles: 39
Major Titles: 3 – U.S. Open ('12), Wimbledon ('13, `16)
Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-4th, `14-QF, `13-QF, `12-W, `11-SF
Topspin: Putting together best season of his career, winning Wimbledon and Rio Olympics title (first player with two singles gold medals, let alone two in a row), plus reaching French Open final before losing to Novak Djokovic. … Will be expected to reverse recent U.S. Open downward trend after collecting first Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows in 2012. … His service return and defense are as good as anyone's (with the possible exception of Djokovic). … Reunited before Wimbledon with coach Ivan Lendl.
2016 Match Record: 34-11
2016 Singles Titles: 2
Career Singles Titles: 69
Major Titles: 14 – U.S. Open ('10, `13), Australian Open ('09), French Open ('05, `06, `07, `08, `10, `11, `12, `13, `14), Wimbledon ('08, `10)
Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-3rd, `14-Did Not Play, `13-W, `12-DNP, `11-F
Topspin: Sidelined for 2+ months after pulling out of French Open before third round with left wrist injury, but looked good upon return at Rio Olympics, reaching the semifinals in singles and earning a gold medal in doubles with Marc Lopez. … Seemed to run out of energy at Cincinnati Masters, so biggest question will be what sort of match shape he's in when he gets to New York.
2016 Match Record: 32-17
2016 Singles Titles: 1
Career Singles Titles: 15
Major Titles: 1 – U.S. Open ('14)
Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-SF, `14-W, `13-DNP, `12-QF, `11-3rd
Topspin: Two of his three career Grand Slam semifinal appearances came at Flushing Meadows in 2014 and 2015. … Coming off a victory over Andy Murray in the final of the Cincinnati Masters hard-court tournament. … At 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), equipped with a big serve and flat groundstrokes that translate well on hard courts.
Country: United States
2016 Match Record: 26-21
2016 Singles Titles: 1
Career Singles Titles: 1
Major Titles: 0 – Best: 4th Round, Wimbledon ('16)
Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-1st, `14-1st, `13-1st, `12-3rd, `11-1st
Topspin: Ranked 21st, he's the top American man, one spot ahead of John Isner. … Earned a bronze in doubles with Jack Sock at Rio Olympics; reached quarterfinals in singles. … Only 2-5 career record at U.S. Open, only once advancing past first round. … Won two NCAA individual titles and four team titles in college at Southern California, winning his final 72 singles matches.
JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
Unseeded; Ranked 142nd
2016 Match Record: 18-9
2016 Singles Titles: 0
Career Singles Titles: 18
Major Titles: 1 – U.S. Open ('09)
Last 5 U.S. Opens: `15-DNP, `14-DNP, `13-2nd, `12-QF, `11-3rd
Topspin: Silver medal at Rio Olympics, including victories over Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, marked return to elite level after three operations on left wrist. … Since winning the 2009 U.S. Open, has missed the tournament three of the past six years because of injuries. … Backhand still a weak point, but his thunderous flat forehand is as good as it gets.
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