NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM) — The 2014 U.S. Open draw will be revealed on Thursday, and a familiar name will be absent.
Reigning champ Rafael Nadal announced this week that he will miss the tournament with an injured right wrist.
So who are the Open favorites?
Only five different men have accounted for the last 19 majors.
Here are the favorites heading into the 134th U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows.
Novac Djokovic: 6/5 (1 Open Title)
Djokovic has appeared in each of the last 4 U.S. Open finals, winning once.
No, he’s not in top form, having gone 2-2 in hard court tune-up matches, but he’s by far the most consistent player in the field.
In fact, in each of the last 13 majors, the Serb has either won the tournament (5) or lost to the eventual winner.
Nadal defeated him in the final last year, but the Spaniard is sidelined and won’t play.
He’s almost a lock to make the final.
Roger Federer: 3/1 (5 Open Titles)
Federer won 5 consecutive U.S. Opens from 2004-2008; he hasn’t won one since.
But the 33-year-old is still the world’s third ranked player, and the hard court at Flushing Meadows is a familiar surface.
Anything short of a finals appearance would be disappointing — especially with his nemesis sidelined.
A Federer-Djokovic final is a good bet.
Andy Murray: 4/1 (1 Open Title)
Murray captured his first Grand Slam title in 2012 at the U.S. Open, defeating world no. 1 Djokovic in a five-set final.
He followed that up with a win at Wimbledon in 2013. But since then, Murray hasn’t won any tournament — much less reached a final.
He’s slid all the way to no. 9 in the ATP rankings. An early exit would shock no one.
Stanislas Wawrinka: 12/1
The 29-year-old Switzerland native is enjoying the best year of his career.
With 3 wins and nearly $4 million in winnings, Wawrinka is now ranked 4th in the world — his highest ever.
He won the 2014 Australian Open, beating both Djokovic and Nadal. But he’s 11-7 since.
He’s beat the world’s best this year and is capable of doing so again.
Grigor Dimitrov: 14/1
Who? He’s not a household name, but at the age of 23, Dimitrov reached the Wimbledon semifinals as a no. 11 seed.
If the draw is favorable, why wouldn’t Dimitrov be considered a legitimate contender?
Call him a favorite; call him a wild card. Either way, he’s dangerous.
Odds courtesy of Bovada
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