2012 US Open: Who Are the Top 5 Favorites for This Year's Title?

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2012 US Open: Who Are the Top 5 Favorites for This Year's Title?
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For the second Sunday in the past month, Andy Murray and Roger Federer met to decide a very important title at the All-England Club.

On July 8, Federer ruined the Scots' plans to become the first British man to capture Wimbledon since 1936 with an impressive display and a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win, capturing his seventh title at the SW19 and his 17th major overall. This win helped the current World No. 1 that he could still compete with the young athletes of today's game.

Less than one month later on August 5, Murray captured a meaningful title in front of his home crowd-- the Olympic Gold Medal. Federer, arguably the greatest player of all-time was keen to capture the one big title that had eluded him so far.

However, the Swiss Maestro, exhausted from a demanding semi-final, succumbed to a brilliant Murray, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. 

With both having the most successful summers of any player on tour, all eyes will be on them as we shift into the summer hardcourt season.

There is an absence of top talent during the Rogers Cup in Toronto, and perhaps the Cincinnati Masters as well, but the next major on the tennis calendar in the U.S. Open.

The favorites for the U.S. Open are the usual suspects, Federer, Murray and Novak Djokovic. Of course, if present we can never count out Olympic absentee and World No. 3 Rafael Nadal. Players who excel on hardcourts and have been playing well lately, such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Juan Martin del Potro and Tomas Berdych, can be considered as contenders. 

This years' dark horses include Mardy Fish, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Tommy Haas, Sam Querrey and Milos Raonic.

However, we all know that the true contenders are this summers' big three, plus possibly Nadal. Tsonga is probably the biggest threat to end to "Big Four" stronghold on Grand Slams. These are the five players that will mainly be talked about in this article.

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