The last Slam of the year kicks off, but there will be one notable absentee. Men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal is out of the US Open after failing to get fit in time from a wrist injury. On paper Novak Djokovic is the favourite but could Roger Federer pick up his 18th Slam title?
On the women’s side, Serena Williams is looking back to her ominous best, picking up the Cincinnati title en-route to scooping the US Open Series prize pot. But do not discount some of the older members of the WTA chasing pack with good turns by Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova, as well as WTA Rising Stars Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard looking to impress