The draw is out today for the 2013 U.S. Open, and the bets are on for who will win the final Major of the year, which starts Monday. With each of the first three Majors of the year being taken by a different guy (Djokovic, Nadal, and Murray), can one of them come through again, or will Flushing Meadows see a fourth guy take the last crown? Let’s take a look at the top ten seeds, and assess their chances!
1. Novak Djokovic
U.S. Open History: Four Finals, One Win (2011)
Why He May Win: He’s been the most consistent player on the tour the last couple of years, and is perfectly comfortable in his role as the #1 player.
Why He May Not Win: He’s been off slightly this season, and Rafa and Andy have momentarily stolen the zeitgeist from him.
Road To Final: May Have To Get Through Tommy Haas, Juan Martin Del Potro, and Andy Murray.
2. Rafael Nadal
U.S. Open History: Two Finals, One Win (2010)
Why He May Win: He’s the hottest player on tour this year, with nine titles (including his eighth French Open) and two big back-to-back hard court titles the last few weeks.
Why He May Not Win: Rafa’s body has a habit of petering out towards the end of the season, and his Open results show that.
Road To Final: May Have To Get Through John Isner, Roger Federer, and David Ferrer.
3. Andy Murray
U.S. Open History: Two Finals, One Win (2012)
Why He May Win: He’s the defending champion, and the reigning Wimbledon champion. His confidence is at an all-time high.
Why He May Not Win: There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to repeat here.
Road To Final: May Have To Get Through Thomas Berdych and Novak.
4. David Ferrer
U.S. Open History: Two Semifinals
Why He May Win: He’s the hardest worker on the tour, but a lot of things would have to go his way
Why He May Not Win: He can’t beat the top players.
Road To Final: May Have To Get Through Richard Gasquet, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal.
5. Tomas Berdych
U.S. Open History: One Semifinal
Why He May Win: He made the finals of Wimbledon in 2010, but he hasn’t been past the quarters of a major since. Except here, where the made his first semi last year. On a good day, he can compete with the big guys.
Why He May Not Win: Doesn’t have enough good days.
Road To Final: May Have To Get Through Novak and Andy Murray.