US Open 2018: Form guide for this year's men's singles championship at Flushing Meadows

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Andy Swales analyses the form of the key contenders for the US Open singles championship, which starts in New York on Monday ...

"Djokovic’s success at SW19 in July means The Big Three have claimed the last seven Grand Slam titles between them, while extending the number of successive wins by male players over the age of 30 to eight."

In the world of men's tennis, it appears to be a case of 'As You Were' following Novak Djokovic's victory at Wimbledon last month.

Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Djokovic have all suffered from prolonged periods of injury, as well as recuperation from surgery, in recent years but they all head to New York as the three most likely winners at the forthcoming US Open.

Djokovic's success at SW19 in July means The Big Three have claimed the last seven Grand Slam titles between them, while extending the number of successive wins by male players over the age of 30 to eight.

In fact, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have scooped up 46 of the last 54 Slams, dating back to the summer of 2005, and their dominance seems set to continue at Flushing Meadows these next two weeks.

Defending champion Nadal won the recent Rogers Cup in Toronto, before skipping last week's Masters Series event in Cincinnati.

Federer, who remarkably has not won at Flushing Meadows since 2008, reached the final in Cincinnati where he lost to Djokovic, as the Serb claimed his second title of the season.

So Can Anyone Dislodge The Big Three?

Who will be their main rivals in the Big Apple?

Kevin Anderson: Runner-up in two Slams during the past 12 months but is he really ready to stand on the top step of the ladder? Since his brave and momentous run at Wimbledon, the South African has reached the semi-finals in Canada, before losing in the last 16 at Cincinnati.

Marin Cilic: His surprising second round defeat at Wimbledon, from two sets up against Guido Pella, must have hurt the 29-year-old Croatian. However, he made it through to the latter stages of both hard court tournaments during August, where he was beaten in deciding sets by Nadal and Djokovic - both of whom went on to win those respective events.

Juan Martin del Potro: Will fancy his chances of claiming a second US Open title having risen to No 3 in the ATP World Rankings. Was only 20 years old when he won at the Meadows in 2009, beating Federer in a gripping five-set final. During the past 12 months has lost three times to Nadal in Slams - twice at the semi-final stage.

Stefanos Tsitsipas: The 20-year-old from Greece is the sport's newest star as he prepares to make his US Open debut. He lost to Nadal in the final of the Rogers Cup earlier this month, which followed victories over four top-10 players - namely Anderson, Alexander Zverev, Djokovic and Dominic Thiem.

Stan Wawrinka: Although he currently stands well down rankings, he is a three-time Slam champion whose form has improved dramatically in recent weeks. The 33-year-old lost to Nadal in two extremely close sets in Toronto, before taking Federer to three in Cincinnati. If he gets a favourable draw, don't be surprised if he reaches the last eight in NY.

Alexander Zverev: Considered by many as the young pretender but has only once reached the quarter-finals of a Slam in 13 attempts. He also looks a little lightweight compared to the three big superstars.



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Last 10 US Open Performances


  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Rafa Nadal Won Rd-4 Rd-3 Won RU Won SF SF
Roger Federer QF RU SF Rd-4 QF SF SF RU Won
Novak Djokovic RU Won SF RU RU Won RU SF SF
Juan Martin del Potro SF QF Rd-2 QF Rd-3 Won QF
Kevin Anderson RU Rd-3 QF Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3
Grigor Dimitrov Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Alexander Zverev Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1
Marin Cilic Rd-3 Rd-3 SF Won QF Rd-3 Rd-2 QF Rd-3
Dominic Thiem Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4
John Isner Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 QF Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1
David Goffin Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Diego Schwartzman QF Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Pablo Carreno Busta SF Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3
Fabio Fognini Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stan Wawrinka Won SF QF SF Rd-4 Rd-2 QF Rd-1 Rd-4
Milos Raonic Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-1
Tomas Berdych Rd-2 Rd-4 QF Rd-4 SF Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Kyle Edmund Rd-3 Rd-4
Lucas Pouille Rd-4 QF Rd-1
Nick Kyrgios Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Roberto Bautista Agut Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-2
Jack Sock Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
Borna Coric Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Marco Cecchinato Rd-1
Kei Nishikori SF Rd-1 RU Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4
Damir Dzumhur Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Hyeon Chung Rd-2 Rd-2
Richard Gasquet Rd-1 Rd-1 QF Rd-3 SF Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1
Karen Khachanov Rd-1 Rd-2
Adrian Mannarino Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Fernando Verdasco Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 QF QF Rd-3
Filip Krajinovic Rd-2 Rd-1
Denis Shapovalov Rd-4
Steve Johnson Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Sam Querrey QF Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4
Philipp Kohlschreiber Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2
Nikoloz Basilashvili Rd-1 Rd-1
Andrey Rublev QF Rd-1
Andy Murray QF Rd-4 QF QF Won SF Rd-3 Rd-4 RU
Gael Monfils Rd-3 SF Rd-1 QF Rd-2 Rd-2 QF Rd-4 Rd-4
Frances Tiafoe Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Gilles Simon Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3
Albert Ramos-Vinolas Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Nicolas Jarry
Alex de Minaur Rd-1
Mischa Zverev Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Maximilian Marterer Rd-1
Jeremy Chardy Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Peter Gojowczyk Rd-2 Rd-2
Marton Fucsovics Rd-1 Rd-1
Andreas Seppi Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Leonardo Mayer Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Jan-Lennard Struff Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Matthew Ebden Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
John Millman Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Ryan Harrison Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Robin Hasse Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Benoit Paire Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Joao Sousa Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3
Feliciano Lopez Rd-3 Rd-2 QF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1
Dusan Lajovic Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Rd-2 QF QF Rd-4 Rd-2 QF Rd-4 Rd-3
Cameron Norrie Rd-2
Pablo Cuevas Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1
Martin Klizan Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1
Yuichi Sugita Rd-2
David Ferrer Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 QF SF Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-3
Alijaz Bedene Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Jiri Vesely Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1

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