Roger Federer has been playing well out of the favorite spotlight. Can he maintain that internal calm as his last shot at his Olympic dreams approaches or if he gets within striking distance of the No. 1 ranking?
A win Sunday won't rewrite history, but it will go a long way in addressing that one nagging question dangling over his head: Can Roger Federer truly be the greatest ever, if his biggest rival owned him?
It used to be a foregone conclusion that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal would duke it out for at least one Grand Slam per year. But up until now, six Slams have passed without them meeting. The U.S. Open awaits a potential matchup.
Last year's knee surgery was the catalyst for Mardy Fish's new, sharper focus. Even though he's been playing lights-out tennis of late, he's still a U.S. Open dark horse. But what's a major tournament without a Cinderfella to root for?