May 27, 2017

2013 US Open Men’s Contender Profiles

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(August 25, 2013) Profiles of the top Men’s Singles contenders for the 2013 U.S. Open.  Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff

1. Novak Djokovic

2013 Record: 44-8

Grand Slam Record: 152-29

U.S. Open Record: 39-7

U.S. Open Best Result:  W (2011)

Fast Fact: With Federer’s 2R loss at Wimbledon, Djokovic holds the active streaks for consecutive Grand Slam QFs (17) and SFs (13); both streaks rank 2nd all time behind Federer.


2. Rafael Nadal

2013 Record:  53-3

Grand Slam Record: 164-23

U.S. Open Record: 34-8

U.S. Open Best Result:  W (2010)

Fast Fact:  Nadal on course for history?  In the Open era, the fewest losses in a season was three (McEnroe, 82-3 in 1984), two players have had four losses (Connors, 93-4 in 1974, Federer, 81-4 in 2005).


3. Andy Murray

2013 Record: 37-7

Grand Slam Record: 113-28

U.S. Open Record:  29-7

U.S. Open Best Result:  W (2012)

Fast Fact: Murray has reached the finals in the last four Grand Slam events he has entered (Wimbledon 2012, U.S. Open 2012, Australian Open 2013, Wimbledon 2013).


4. David Ferrer

2013 Record: 42-14

Grand Slam Record:  107-43

U.S. Open Record:  23-10

U.S. Open Best Result:  SF (2007, ’12)

Fast Fact:   Ferrer has defeated only one Top Ten player in 2013 (Tsonga, French Open SF).


5.  Tomas Berdych

2013 Record:  40-16

Grand Slam Record:  85-40

U.S. Open Record:  21-10

U.S. Open Best Result:  SF (2012)

Fast Fact:  Berdych has more wins against the Big Four (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray) than any other active player (17 wins).


6. Juan Martin Del Potro

2013 Record:  34-11

Grand Slam Record:  61-24

U.S. Open Record:  18-5

U.S. Open Best Result:  W (2009)

Fast Fact: Del Potro’s semifinal at Wimbledon was his first Grand Slam semifinal since winning the U.S. Open title in 2009; he had gone 10 consecutive Grand Slams without reaching the semis.


7. Roger Federer

2013 Record: 32-11

Grand Slam Record: 257-40

U.S. Open Record:  64-8

U.S. Open Best Result:  W (2004 – ’08)

Fast Fact: The U.S. Open will be the 56th consecutive Grand Slam for Federer, tying the record held by Wayne Ferreira.


8. Richard Gasquet

2013 Record:  34-14

Grand Slam Record:  62-35

U.S. Open Record:  14-7

U.S. Open Best Result:  4R (2005-’06, ’10, ’12)

Fast Fact:  Gasquet will be the highest seeded Frenchman at a Grand Slam event for the first time since the 2008 U.S. Open.


9. Stanislas Wawrinka

2013 Record:  36-15

Grand Slam Record: 64-34

U.S. Open Record:  18-8

U.S. Open Best Result:  QF (2010)

Fast Fact: Wawrinka has a 1-12 record vs. Top Five players at Grand Slams; his only Top Five win was at the U.S. Open (def. No. 4 Murray, 2010).


10. Milos Raonic 

2013 Record:  29-15

Grand Slam Record: 18-11

U.S. Open Record:  3-2

U.S. Open Best Result:  4R (2012)

Fast Fact:  Entering the 2013 U.S. Open, Raonic is one of only five players with a career high Top Ten ranking who has never rached the QFs of a Grand Slam event (Aguiliera, Carlsson, Massu, and Srichiphan).


11. Kei Nishikori

2013 Record:  27-4

Grand Slam Record:  25-16

U.S. Open Record:  7-4

U.S. Open Best Result:  4R (2009)

Fast Fact:  Nishikori’s last Grand Slam match, a 5-set loss to Andreas Seppi at Wimbledon, was his first 5-set loss in over five years (April 2008).


12. Tommy Haas

2013 Record:  39-17

Grand Slam Record:  102-52

U.S. Open Record:  32-15

U.S. Open Best Result:  QF (2004, ’06-’07)

Fast Fact:  This is Haas’ 16th U.S. Open appearance; he trails only Connors (22), Agassi (21), and Chang (17) in total appearances among men at the event.


13. John Isner

2013 Record:  32-19

Grand Slam Record:  28-21

U.S. Open Record:  13-6

U.S. Open Best Result:  QF (2011)

Fast Fact:  Isner has won 32 matches over the first 33 weeks of 2013, but half of those wins (16) have come in the last six weeks.


14. Jerry Janowicz

2013 Record:  23-16

Grand Slam Record:  11-5

U.S. Open Record:  0-1

U.S. Open Best Result:  1R (2012)

Fast Fact:  Janowicz’s only match at the U.S. Open was a loss to an 18-year-old American wild card, Dennis Novikov, with a four digit ranking.


15. Nicolas Almagro 

2013 Record:  32-17

Grand Slam Record:  56-30

U.S. Open Record:  12-8

U.S. Open Best Result:  4R (2012)

Fast Fact:  in the last four years, Almagro has compiled a 7-4 record at the U.S. Open, but it’s been a struggle; he’s 21-21 in sets won/lost over that span.