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Find out which of the Top 3 seeds has the best chance of winning the US Open

by Sean Goff | September 1, 2013
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The big three are poised to breeze into the second week of the US Open with less effort than it took Miley Cyrus’s ‘twerking’ to go global.  So far. So predictable.

But unlike Cyrus, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and reigning champ Andy Murray have each won a Major this season and don’t look like they want to share the limelight at Flushing Meadows.

They’ve also won the last three US Opens between them and if anyone’s looking to muscle in – they’ll have to have a solid Grand Slam pedigree to dislodge the big three.

1. Novak Djokovik 13/8

Shouldn’t have much trouble navigating Portugal’s Joao Sousa on Sunday night. The big-hitting Serbian was a beaten finalist in a five-set thriller last year as the presence of Alex Ferguson and Sean Connery willing Andy Murray to victory proved too much. But Djokovik will use that disappointment to drive on and has been a semi finalist or better in New York every year since 2007.

Despite Murray wiping his eye again in an emotional Wimbledon final this year, Nole has won the last three hard court head-to-heads between them and has won four of the last five hard-court Grand Slams (US Open 2011, Australian Open 2011-13).

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2. Rafael Nadal 7/4

The Spaniard faces Philipp Kohlschreiber on Monday (2pm) in the fourth round as he edges closer to a QF date with Roger Federer. The Spaniard with the dodgy knees is the form player on the circuit with nine shiny new titles resting on his mantlepiece in 2013. A winner here in 2010, Nadal missed last year’s tournament through injury but has shown Harrison, Dutra Silva and Ivan Dodig the door this time. What should worry his opponents most is that the ‘King of Clay’ is unbeaten in 18 matches on his less favoured hard-court surface.

A first-round exit at Wimbledon to World No 135 Steve Darcis was a blip and Nadal is chasing a $1m booty from the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge. The US Open title and Djokovic’s No 1 ranking is also in his sights. One slight concern is that he hasn’t won a Grand Slam outside the French Open since 2010.

3. Andy Murray 7/2

Murray faces Florian Mayer on Sunday night after dropping his first set against Argentine Leonarda Meyer in round two. The Scot has won both their meetings – the latest in Madrid this year – and should inch closer to a potential semi-final date with Djokovic without too much hassle. The Scot seemed buckled under the weight of expectation but since getting the ‘Major’ monkey off his back in the Big Apple last year has gone on to add a Grand Slam at Wimbledon to his Olympic gold medal.

History favours his back-to-back bid as the Wimbledon winner has gone on to win six of the last nine US Open titles. A few minor whinges over playing schedules when dispatching France’s Michael Llodra the other Mayer last Frida. His VBF’s Connery and Ferguson can start checking next weekend’s schedule if he keeps this up.

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