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2013 U.S. Open: 10 men to watch

ANDY MURRAY No. 3 seed, Age 26, Great

ANDY MURRAY
No. 3 seed, Age 26, Great Britain
His first two career major titles, at last year's Open and this year's Wimbledon, have certified his standing among the sport's perennial Slam event favorites. The first British male to win Wimbledon in 77 years, Murray still has a losing record against Nadal (5-13) and Djokovic (8-11), but no longer can be accused of not coming through in the big matches. | Photo Credit: AP

Newsday's John Jeansonne looks at 10 men to watch at the 2013 U.S. Open.

ANDY MURRAY No. 3 seed, Age 26, Great
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ANDY MURRAY
No. 3 seed, Age 26, Great Britain
His first two career major titles, at last year's Open and this year's Wimbledon, have certified his standing among the sport's perennial Slam event favorites. The first British male to win Wimbledon in 77 years, Murray still has a losing record against Nadal (5-13) and Djokovic (8-11), but no longer can be accused of not coming through in the big matches. |

DAVID FERRER No. 4 seed, Age 31, Spain
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DAVID FERRER
No. 4 seed, Age 31, Spain
Expectations he can win a first major title in his 11th year of Grand Slam play aren't nearly as high as his ranking. But Ferrer's steady, persistent game is not something the top players prefer to face, and all five of his advances to Slam semifinals -- and his first final, at this year's French Open -- have come the last two years. |

TOMAS BERDYCH No. 5 seed, Age 27, Czech
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TOMAS BERDYCH
No. 5 seed, Age 27, Czech Republic
Berdych bounced Roger Federer out of last year's Open quarterfinals, the first time in nine years Federer left the tournament that soon. Berdych was the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up to Nadal, but the 2012 Open was his only other run to a Slam semi, where he lost to eventual champion Murray. |

JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO No. 6 seed, Age
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JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
No. 6 seed, Age 24, Argentina
Del Potro had not been beyond a major tournament quarterfinal since his 2009 U.S. Open championship, just prior to surgery on his right wrist, until his semifinal loss to Djokovic at this year's Wimbledon. But tour players never have ceased to respect his potential and his intimidating forehand. |

MILOS RAONIC No. 10 seed, Age 22, Canada
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MILOS RAONIC
No. 10 seed, Age 22, Canada
A high point in Raonic's blossoming career was reaching the Montreal final against Nadal two weeks ago (he lost), which lifted him into the top 10 for the first time. But a crucial piece of his game is his big serve, once clocked at 150 mph, and his (serving) shoulder was bothering him last week in Ohio. |

TOMMY HAAS No. 12 seed, Age 35, Germany
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TOMMY HAAS
No. 12 seed, Age 35, Germany
This is Haas' 54th major tournament appearance in a career often short-circuited by injury. Once as high as No. 2 (in 2002), his current rank, 13th, is his best in six years after finishing 2012 as the oldest man in the top 50 (21st). He made the quarters in both the French Open and Wimbledon this year. |

JOHN ISNER No. 13 seed, Age 28, USA
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JOHN ISNER
No. 13 seed, Age 28, USA
The savior of American men's tennis? No, Isner has said repeatedly; he would have been a basketball player if someone had told him, when he was 14, he was going to be 6-foot-10. But his run to the Mason, Ohio, finals last week lifted his ranking back among the top 20, the best the U.S. has to offer. |

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