Roger Federer arrives in New York as one of the favourites to lift the title for the sixth time, as he searches for that 18th Grand Slam title. We break down his draw.
It has been six years since Roger Federer ruled in New York, where he dominated the US Open every year since 2004 to 2008. But he was denied a sixth title in 2009 by Juan Martin Del Potro, fell in two semi-finals, a quarter-final and last year in the fourth round.
Times have most certainly changed for the 33-year-old. Since appointing Stefan Edberg in his coaching team, and working on a bigger racquet design, Federer has turned around his fortunes, just being edged out of an 18th Grand Slam title this year in Wimbledon, at the hands of Novak Djokovic.
Already fans feel that Federer has a favourable draw, and we take a look at the players he could meet on the way to another US Open title.
Round 1: Marinko Matosevic
The one time he met the Australian was this year in Brisbane, at the quarter-final on the way to the Brisbane final. There he drubbed the Aussie 6-1 6-1, and should be expected to advance.
Round 2: Sam Groth
This could be a tricky round for Federer with a big server who has been working hard this year to improve his ranking to qualify for the US Open main draw. This was his reward!
Round 3: Ivo Karlovic
From one big server to another, Federer has almost always had the measure of Karlovic, and handled him with no problems earlier this year in Miami. On his current form, he should be able to stay just ahead to advance.
Round 4: Fabio Fognini
The feisty Italian has never proved to be much of a challenge for Federer in the two times they have met before, losing in straight sets quite convincingly on each occasion.
Quarter-final: Grigor Dimitrov
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Finally all the comparisons of “Baby Fed” have dwindled away as Dimitrov has gone from strength to strength in the past few months, but the one time they have met was on Federer’s own turf in Basel, where he quelled a brief rally in a second set tie-break.
Since then Dimitrov has reached his first Grand Slam semi-final and is most definitely part of a young chasing pack, hunting down the traditional Big Four and he has the confidence to pull off a surprise.
Semi-final: David Ferrer or Tomas Berdych
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Federer will want some measure of revenge over Berdych who ended Federer’s 2012 US Open run, but the Swiss enjoys a 12-6 head to head and got the better of Berdych in the Dubai final earlier this year.
Ferrer gave signs of hope that he could record his first win over Federer in the Cincinnati final, before being put firmly back in his place for a commanding 16-0 record. It would be unlikely that the US Open semi-final would be the time for Ferrer to get that elusive win.
Final: Novak Djokovic
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That Wimbledon defeat will have hurt Federer. His year has been amazing after 2013 and the constant speculation as to whether he was washed up. But Wimbledon was possibly his safest bet to get that elusive 18th Grand Slam title, and to beat Djokovic on a hard court is perhaps a challenge to far, but Federer had the Serbian on the ropes at Wimbledon – it could make for a great final.