With Some Big Names Missing, U.S. Open Men’s Draw Still Looks Strong

Berrettini was the 24th seed on the U.S. Open final 12 months. He catapulted himself to the semifinals, the place he misplaced to the eventual champion, Rafael Nadal. Now, seeded sixth, Berrettini is now not a real underdog. Although he carried out poorly on the Australian Open this 12 months, his highly effective groundstrokes ought to assist him make one other sturdy run at this 12 months’s U.S. Open.

Goffin, the world No. 10, is a clay courtroom specialist however has reached the spherical of 16 on the U.S. Open the final three years and was a finalist on the Western & Southern Open in 2019. While few would him to problem for a Grand Slam title, he’s a pleasure to look at, particularly on days when his two-handed backhand is in full swing.

In Spain, it’s customary for gamers to develop spectacular defensive abilities from years of enjoying on baked crimson clay. Bautista Agut, the world No. 12, took that training and tailored it to hardcourts, turning into one of many uncommon Spaniards who isn’t only a “dirt rat” — a participant whose yearly rankings are nearly solely reliant on performances on the crimson clay of Southern Europe and Latin America. While Bautista Agut’s recreation is just not significantly various, his tenacity makes him a tough opponent to push previous.

Schwartzman is among the most entertaining gamers on the ATP Tour. On and off the courtroom, he possesses a attraction that makes you need him to do properly. At 5 ft 7 inches, Schwartzman grew to become the shortest participant since 1994 to achieve a Grand Slam quarterfinal when he did so on the U.S. Open in 2017, the French Open in 2018 and the U.S. Open once more in 2019.

Last 12 months’s U.S. Open was Rublev’s return to the highlight. Rublev reached the quarterfinals in Queens in 2017 after which missed most of 2018 with a again damage. Upon returning, he didn’t play significantly properly: At final 12 months’s U.S. Open, as an unseeded participant, he beat Tsitsipas within the first spherical earlier than making his technique to the spherical of 16, dropping to Berrettini. Rublev had a greater begin to this 12 months, profitable the Qatar Open and the Adelaide Open in preparation for the Australian Open, the place he misplaced to Zverev within the spherical of 16.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Nick Kyrgios, and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.

Andy Murray, a 3 time Grand Slam event champion, is returning to main competitors after his second hip surgical procedure and a subsequent hip damage. He regarded like a promising competitor through the Western & Southern Open this previous week.

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