US OPEN 2014: Capsules on top men's players

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 24, 2014 at 9:37 am •  Published: August 24, 2014
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Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

Seeded: 1

Ranked: 1

Age: 27

Country: Serbia

2014 Match Record: 39-6

2014 Singles Titles: 4

Career Singles Titles: 45

Major Titles: 7 — U.S. Open ('11), Wimbledon ('11, '14), Australian Open ('08, '11, '12, '13)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '13-Lost in Final, '12-F, '11-Won Championship, '10-F, '09-SF

Topspin: Hard courts usually his best surface, but did not perform well at Toronto or Cincinnati ahead of New York, going only 2-2. ... Reached the final each of the last four years at Flushing Meadows, but has only one title to show for it. ... Had lost five of his last six Grand Slam finals overall before winning Wimbledon in July and returning to No. 1 in the rankings.

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ROGER FEDERER

Seeded: 2

Ranked: 3

Age: 33

Country: Switzerland

2014 Match Record: 49-9

2014 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 80

Major Titles: 17 — U.S. Open ('04, '05, '06, '07, '08), Wimbledon ('03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '09, '12), Australian Open ('04, '06, '07, '10), French Open ('09)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '13-4th, '12-QF, '11-SF, '10-SF, '09-F

Topspin: Has gone 18-2 at his past four tournaments, reaching the final at each one and winning two titles. ... After winning five consecutive U.S. Open championships, then losing to Juan Martin del Potro in 2009 final, hasn't made it back to the title match in New York. ... While rival Rafael Nadal is sitting out the U.S. Open for the second time in three years, Federer will be appearing in his 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament.

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STAN WAWRINKA

Seeded: 3

Ranked: 4

Age: 29

Country: Switzerland

2014 Match Record: 31-10

2014 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 7

Major Titles: 1 — Australian Open ('14)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '13-SF, '12-4th, '11-2nd, '10-QF, '09-1st

Topspin: Made a real breakthrough a year ago at the U.S. Open, beating defending champion Andy Murray to reach his first major semifinal in the 35th Grand Slam tournament of his career. At the 36th, the Australian Open in January, Wawrinka won the title, giving hope to other players that they, too, could elbow aside the Big 4 of the men's game.

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MILOS RAONIC

Seeded: 5

Ranked: 6

Age: 23

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