US Open 2021: Form guide for the men's singles in New York

Alexander Zverev was beaten in the 2020 US Open final
Is in-form Alexander Zverev, last year's runner-up in New York, the man to deny Novak a calendar Grand Slam?

Novak Djokovic travels to New York where he stands on the brink of creating even more tennis history. Form stats for the final Grand Slam of the year supplied by Andy Swales...

"The 24-year-old from Hamburg not only secured gold in Japan, he has just wrapped up the prestigious title in Cincinnati too, and is back up to No 4 in the world."

During the past remarkable decade of men's tennis, almost every Grand Slam tournament seemed to present an opportunity for one of the sport's 'Big Three' stars to reach another career landmark.

One by one Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic have each created tennis history - and on multiple occasions too.

Whether it was Federer's eighth Wimbledon title, or Nadal's 13th victory in Paris, or Djokovic securing a fourth straight Slam title in 2016, milestones and records have been part and parcel of the sport during this incredible period of three-player domination.

Yet even by recent standards, the forthcoming US Open has the potential to blow all of these past landmarks and successes completely out of the water.

If Djokovic were to reign supreme at Flushing Meadows on September 12, he would not only overtake Federer and Nadal in the number of career Grand Slam victories, but he would also become the first player since 1969 (Rod Laver) to bag all four big titles during the same calendar year.

As things stand, all three legends of the sport have won 20 Slam titles each.

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That said, Djokovic will first have to overcome the memories of 12 months ago, when his anger got the better of him in round four.

Playing against Pablo Carreno Busta, Djokovic accidentally struck one of the court officials with a ball, after lashing out in frustration towards the end of the first set.

He was duly disqualified, as the rules state, and will arrive in the Big Apple for the 2021 edition with his reputation slightly tarnished.

The 34-year-old had been hoping to win a gold medal in Tokyo last month, but was beaten by in-form German Alexander Zverev at the semi-final stage.

Golden summer continues

As for his main challengers at Flushing Meadows, Zverev is in the hottest form of all.

The 24-year-old from Hamburg not only secured gold in Japan, he has just wrapped up the prestigious title in Cincinnati too, and is back up to No 4 in the world.

Zverev was the runner-up at last year's US Open and will head to New York more confident than ever.

Last year's winner Dominic Thiem has not played in over two months because of a wrist injury, and will not defend his US Open title.

The Austrian joins the injured Federer and Nadal on the sidelines, and it would appear both of these two great players may finally be heading towards the end of their careers.

Federer, who turned 40 earlier this month, hasn't played since Wimbledon, while Nadal has completed just two matches since Roland Garros.

Contenders

This leaves Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the other main challengers for the crown.

World No 2 Medvedev recently won the Masters Series tournament in Montreal, before losing at the semi-final stage in Cincinnati to fellow Russian Andrey Rublev.

The 25-year-old has lost two Grand Slam finals on hard court, including an exciting US Open five-setter to Nadal in 2019.

As for Tsitsipas, he has also lost in a Slam final, going down in five to Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier this year.

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Last Saturday, the Greek player was beaten by Zverev in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters, a match which went all the way to a third set tie-break.

On balance, the US Open does appear to be the most unpredictable of the four male slams in recent times.

The last 10 Australian, French and Wimbledon tournaments have crowned no more than three different champions in each event.

The US Open, meanwhile, has welcomed six different men's singles winners between 2011 and 2020.

And regarding this year's event, the big question on everyone's lips is whether any of Djokovic's closest rivals has what it takes to beat the Serb over five sets?

If not, then Djokovic will secure a record-breaking 21st title and end a 52-year wait for the sport to usher in a calendar Grand Slam.

Click here to view 10-year form at Flushing Meadows

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Last 10 Grand Slam Results (selected players)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W21 F21 A21 F20 U20 A20 U19 W19 F19 A19
Novak Djokovic Won Won Won RU Rd-4 Won Rd-4 Won SF Won
Daniil Medvedev Rd-4 QF RU Rd-1 SF Rd-4 RU Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-4
Stefanos Tsitsipas Rd-1 RU SF SF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 SF
Alexander Zverev Rd-4 SF QF Rd-4 RU SF Rd-4 Rd-1 QF Rd-4
Andrey Rublev Rd-4 Rd-1 QF QF QF Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1
Matteo Berrettini RU QF Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-2 SF Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1
Denis Shapovalov SF Rd-3 Rd-2 QF Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Casper Ruud Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Hubert Hurkacz SF Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Pablo Carreno Busta Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3 QF SF Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4
Diego Schwartzman Rd-3 QF Rd-3 SF Rd-1 Rd-4 QF Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3
Jannik Sinner Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 QF Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Roberto Bautista Agut Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 SF Rd-3 QF
Felix Auger-Aliassime QF Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Alex de Minaur Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 QF Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3
Cristian Garin Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Grigor Dimitrov Rd-2 Rd-1 QF Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 SF Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4
Gael Monfils Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 QF Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2
Reilly Opelka Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Milos Raonic Rd-4 Rd-2 QF Rd-4 QF
Aslan Karatsev Rd-1 Rd-2 SF
John Isner Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
David Goffin Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4 QF Rd-3 Rd-3
Lorenzo Sonego Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Daniel Evans Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Ugo Humbert Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1
Karen Khachanov QF Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 QF Rd-3
Cameron Norrie Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Filip Krajinovic Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina Rd-1 QF Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1
Fabio Fognini Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3
Marton Fucsovics QF Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Alexander Bublik Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Marin Cilic Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4
Nikoloz Basilashvili Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3
Dusan Lajovic Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Taylor Fritz Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3
John Millman Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2
Adrian Mannarino Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Sebastian Korda Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1
Lloyd Harris Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Jan-Lennard Struff Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1
Federico Delbonis Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Albert Ramos-Vinolas Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Benoit Paire Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-4 Rd-1
Laslo Djere Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1
Frances Tiafoe Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 QF
Kei Nishikori Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 QF QF QF
Carlos Alcaraz Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2
Tommy Paul Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1
Dominik Koepfer Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2
Vasek Pospisil Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Lorenzo Musetti Rd-1 Rd-4
Jordan Thompson Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2
Miomir Kecmanovic Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1
Yoshihito Nishioka Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Mackenzie McDonald Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-4 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Federico Coria Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2
Marcos Giron Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Richard Gasquet Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Ilya Ivashka Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Jaume Munar Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
James Duckworth Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Emil Ruusuvuori Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Jeremy Chardy Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Gianluca Mager Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Sam Querrey Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 QF Rd-1
Pablo Andujar Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Alexei Popyrin Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3
Kevin Anderson Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2
Pedro Martinez Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Soonwoo Kwon Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Steve Johnson Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Arthur Rinderknech Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Facundo Bagnis Rd-1 Rd-2
Marco Cecchinato Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Egor Gerasimov Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2
Tennys Sandgren Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 QF Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-1 Rd-1
Nick Kyrgios Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-4 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
Brandon Nakashima Rd-1 Rd-2
Andreas Seppi Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3
Ricardas Berankis Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1
Jiri Vesely Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1
Corentin Moutet Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3
Mikael Ymer Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Denis Kudla Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Thiago Monteiro Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1
Benjamin Bonzi Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2
Andy Murray Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Feliciano Lopez Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1
Roberto Carballes Baena Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1
Tallon Griekspoor Rd-1 Rd-1
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-2
Philipp Kohlschreiber Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Guido Pella Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 QF Rd-2 Rd-1
Jenson Brooksby Rd-1 Rd-2
Stefano Travaglia Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2
Pablo Cuevas Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-3 Rd-2
Pierre-Hugues Herbert Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-3
Gilles Simon Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2 Rd-2
Norbert Gombos Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1
Carlos Taberner Rd-1
Bernabe Zapata Miralles Rd-1 Rd-1
Francisco Cerundolo Rd-1
Salvatore Caruso Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3
Radu Albot Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-3 Rd-2 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2 Rd-2
Taro Daniel Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-1 Rd-2

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