Now that Wimbledon has ended, the attention of the world of tennis has switched to the US Open. As always, the Big Three are the favorites: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Serbian player will be there as a defending champion and he will seek his fourth title after 2011, 2015 and 2018.
Last year in the final Djokovic prevailed over Juan Martin del Potro, who - despite featuring on the entry list - is very unlikely to compete due to recent knee surgery. Federer seeks his sixth title, including the first one since 2008.
The 37-year-old lost two finals in Flushing Meadows, to del Potro in 2009 and Djokovic in 2015. Last year he was upset by John Millman in the fourth round. For Nadal, in case he wins, that would be the fourth title after 2010, 2013 and 2017.
Last year he was forced to retire after losing the second set against del Potro in the semi-finals. The 2014 champion Marin Cilic and 2016 winner Stan Wawrinka will play. Andy Murray has not committed, the Brit is not ready to play at the best of five sets in singles yet.
Six players are in through a protected ranking: Tomas Berdych, Vasek Pospisil, Jozef Kovalik, Janko Tipsarevic, Steve Darcis and Cedrik Marcel Stebe. In a press conference following her loss to Naomi Osaka last year, Serena Williams had said: " I don't know how I'm feeling yet.
Haven't had time to really process everything. But I'm just trying, as I said out there, to stay positive and to, you know, look at all the bright things and all the good things and just keep going forward with that."