US Open from today: Djokovic fresh as ‘Big Four’ reunited

New York: From the pits of despair in Paris, record-setting Novak Djokovic now eyes a third US Open title in New York where for the first time since Wimbledon last year, the sport’s ‘Big Four’ will be reunited. Djokovic became the first man to win all nine Masters titles with victory over Roger Federer at Cincinnati.

Favourite along with Rafa

Having captured, against all the odds, a fourth Wimbledon in July, the 31-year-old Serb suddenly finds himself as joint-favourite with world number one Rafael Nadal to triumph at Flushing Meadows. Champion in 2011 and 2015, and a five-time runner-up, Djokovic sat out the 2017 US Open to nurse an elbow injury. He also has 31 Masters, two back from Nadal but four more than Federer. He will head for New York buoyed by his dominance over his three major rivals as well – he leads Nadal 27-25, Federer 24-22 and Andy Murray 25-11.

Spaniard Nadal looks to add to tally, Roger Federer eyes record

World number one Nadal, who won the US Open last year to add to his 2010 and 2013 victories, skipped Cincinnati after triumphing in Toronto the week before. Now 37, Federer would become the oldest New York champion in the Open era should he lift the trophy again on September 9 and second oldest of all time. Murray, the 2012 champion, is set to play his first Slam since a hip injury suffered at Wimbledon last year.

Serena seeks 24th Slam, Court record

New York: Serena Williams, riding an emotional rollercoaster as she adapts to juggling tennis and motherhood, seeks to end 2018 on a high with a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open. The US great counts six US Open victories among her 23 Slams and with one more would match Australian Margaret Court’s record for most major singles titles.