Newly crowned world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and four-time defending champion Roger Federer appear to have gentle quadrants as they embark on a journey to meet in a third straight Grand Slam final.
A bevy of struggling men and ailing women may allow some dark horses to inflict damage at the U.S. Open.
It's essentially a Masters Series event without byes. None of the top-tier men appear to have a seamless path toward an Olympic medal.