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Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts to winning a game against Canada's Milos Raonic during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2014.

10 men to watch at the U.S. Open


Age 27, SerbiaNo. 1 seedNovak Djokovic's 2-2 match
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Age 27, Serbia
No. 1 seed
Novak Djokovic's 2-2 match record on hardcourt this summer, and his admission that he just doesnt feel comfortable on court lately, might seem to make the reigning Wimbledon champ slightly vulnerable. His results argue otherwise: Djokovic has advanced to 12 of the last 16 Grand Slam championship finals, winning six.


Age 33, SwitzerlandNo. 2 seedRoger Federer's major nemisis,
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Age 33, Switzerland
No. 2 seed
Roger Federer's major nemisis, Rafael Nadal, is absent with a bad wrist, and five-time Open champ Federer though without a Slam title since 2012 Wimbledon has shown a sharp, aggressive game this summer. Also, his half of the Open draw is more favorable than Djokovics path to another final.


Age 29, SwitzerlandNo. 3 seedStanislas Wawrinka's first major-tournament
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Age 29, Switzerland
No. 3 seed
Stanislas Wawrinka's first major-tournament title in Januarys Australian Open appeared to be a significant breakthrough, reinforcing his push to the semifinals in last years U.S. Open. But since the Australian, Wawrinka has won only one of 10 tournaments and hasnt appeared particularly threatening.




Age 32, SpainNo. 4 seedAlways, always a handful
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Age 32, Spain
No. 4 seed
Always, always a handful for any elite player, David Ferrer is gritty and persistent and has resided in the Top 10 most of the last eight years. But in 47 career Grand Slam tournaments, he has reached the championship final only once, a loss to compatriot Nadal at the 2013 French Open.


Age 23, CanadaNo. 5 seedMilos Raonic broke into
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Age 23, Canada
No. 5 seed
Milos Raonic broke into the Top 10 for the first time a year ago, made his first Slam semifinal this summer at Wimbledon (a loss to Federer) and now has risen to a career-high No. 6. His bazooka serve (which has hit 155 mph) is trouble enough, and he is diversifying his game.


Age 23, BulgariaNo. 7 seedAnother steadily advancing young
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Age 23, Bulgaria
No. 7 seed
Another steadily advancing young player at his career high ranking (No. 8), Grigor Dimitrov this year has pushed to the Australian quarterfinals (a loss to Nadal) and the Wimbledon semis (a loss to Djokovic). He appears to have a reasonable shot at the Open quarters, possibly against Federer.


Age 27, Great BritainNo. 8 seedThe 2012 Open
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Age 27, Great Britain
No. 8 seed
The 2012 Open and 2013 Wimbledon champ, Andy Murray is back on tour after back surgery last fall, has not won any of his 13 tournaments this year and said that he needs to get back that winning mentality. But his 2014 Grand Slam results arent too shabby: Two quarterfinals and a semifinal.


Age 29, FranceNo. 9 seedJo-Wilfried Tsongas best news
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Age 29, France
No. 9 seed
Jo-Wilfried Tsongas best news was winning the Toronto tournament earlier this month with consecutive victories over Top 10 players Djokovic, Murray, Dimitrov and Federer. Minus his six wins in Toronto, though, Tsonga has a fairly ordinary 24-14 match record this year.




Age 29, United StatesNo. 13 seedJohn Isner Grand
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Age 29, United States
No. 13 seed
John Isner Grand Slam high point remains an advance to the 2011 U.S. Open quarterfinals if one doesnt count that 2010 first-round Wimbledon match, which Isner won over Frances Nicolas Mahut, that took 11 hours and five minutes over three days, with a final score of 64, 36, 67 (7), 76 (3), 7068.


Age 18, Rockville CentreWild cardThis is the amateur
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Age 18, Rockville Centre
Wild card
This is the amateur Noah Rubins first appearance in a Grand Slam main draw, via a wild card based on the national junior title he won at Kalamazoo, Michigan, earlier this month. John McEnroe, at whose Randalls Island academy Rubin trains, said Rubin is learning what he can and cant do.

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