So close, yet so far. That was the theme of Roger Federer's season from the outset. But after a massive effort versus Andy Murray at the U.S. Open, the Swiss proved he is still a force to be reckoned with.
Serena Williams has had plenty of ups and downs since dominating tennis five years ago. But after claiming her third U.S. Open title, and the No. 1 ranking to boot, she appears to be stronger than ever.
With an opportunity to bolster their resumes, capture a first career Grand Slam title and secure the No. 1 ranking, Jelena Jankovic and Elena Dementieva have plenty on the line when they square off in Friday's U.S. Open semifinals.
He has a suddenly fragile body and daunting U.S. Open draw. He has the unfortunate timing of playing in the same era as Roger Federer, while his biological tennis clock is ticking. But it's OK being Andy Roddick.
It was supposed to be his coronation as the all-time Grand Slam champion. Yet after a distressing season, this U.S. Open may determine whether Roger Federer is still a present-day star or past tennis legend.
Rafael Nadal sits alone at the sports' pinnacle. The new world No. 1 evolved from a dirt specialist to a grass master, pulling off the arduous European Grand Slam double. But does he have enough left to surmount the daunting U.S. Open hard courts?