2019 US Open Preview - Big three to dominate in New York
The US Open looks to be yet another race in three this year as Djokovic, Federer and Nadal look to end the grand slam season in style.
Novak Djokovic looks ready to claim back to back US Opens
The fourth and final grand slam of the ATP Tour is upon us and once again it looks like it'll be Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal competing for the US Open crown.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
We've taken a look at how the big three are shaping up headin into Flushing Meadows.
Can Novak Djkovic Defend His Title?
A three-time US Open winner, Djokovic knows what it takes to get the job done in New York.
Djokovic was beaten in the lead up to the US Open in Cincinnati to young gun Daniil Medvedev in three sets. He was faultless leading up to the match, beating Sam Querrey, Pablo Carreno Busta and Lucas Pouille. He won the first set against young Medvedev but was overcome late by the up and coming star to go down 6-3, 3-6, 3-6.
Last year Djokovic had a little fight on his hands in the first two rounds of this tournament, winning both in four sets. From the round of 32 all the way to the final, he did not drop a set and was faultless in action.
The champion has already taken out two of the three slams played this year, being beaten in the semi final to Dominic Thiem in five sets at Roland Garros.
Djokovic gets the opportunity to take out this slam on the hardcourt which should favour him more than the ageing Nadal and Federer.
Nadal Looking For A Fourth US Open Title
Nadal pulled out of Cincinnati due to fatigue after winning the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.
This was his 35th Masters 1000 Title which is just one of the many records he holds. His win in this tournament was breathtaking, beating Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in a one-sided affair. Medvedev of course went on to beat Djokovic in the Cincinnati semi final, one of the biggest of his career.
Last year Nadal had to retire just two sets into his semi final against 2009 winner Juan Martin del Potro after playing 15 hours of tennis in the lead up. This took a toll on the champ but this is what a hard court can do when playing long, gruelling hours all tournament.
If the draw can favour Nadal, playing as many three set games as possible, he is a big chance to hold up the trophy for a fourth time at the end of the tournament.
Federer To Wind Back The Clock
Roger Federer has won five US Opens, all consecutively from 2004-2008.
The 38-year-old last played in the Cincinnati Masters, beaten in the round of 16 by Andrey Rublev 3-6, 4-6. This was a disappointing affair for the legend of tennis but he doesn't need to show up at his best until the slams.
The Swiss maestro was beaten in the round of 16 here last year by Aussie John Millman in one of the biggest upsets of the year. The Australian wore him down over four sets on the hard court but he did take out Aussie enigma Nick Kyrgios on the way.
If the Federer we know of shows up he should make it through to at least the quarters, but it will be a matter of whether the champion can endure five long sets on a court that has proven tough to last on.