The 2013 U.S. Open is the final Grand Slam tournament of the year, and the focus has shifted to the men’s and women’s draw and which stars will come out of each bracket as the winner.
With a strong field on both sides of the draw filled with talented players, the eventual tournament winners will have earned their spot amongst the sports’ best.
Both of the following players will win their respective bracket and walk away U.S. Open champion.
Predicted Men’s Draw Winner: Novak Djokovic
Despite a stacked field full of stars playing at a high level, the favorite to win the men’s bracket should be the world’s No. 1 men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic.
With Rafael Nadal winning the 2013 Western & Southern Open and Andy Murray entering the U.S. Open as the tournament’s defending champion, many fans have forgotten about Djokovic and his ability to steal the show.
Djokovic won the 2013 Australian Open and reached the final at Wimbledon, losing a tough battle against Murray. While he hasn’t been playing his best tennis of late, there is no questioning how much raw talent and experience he has at Flushing Meadows.
Since he has been a finalist in the last Grand Slam of the season in each of the last three years (one victory in 2011), it is a safe bet to expect a similar result this year. The "Djoker" will win his seventh Grand Slam championship.
Predicted Women’s Draw Winner: Serena Williams
While the world’s No. 1 women’s tennis player, Serena Williams, may have lost to Victoria Azarenka in the final of the WTA Western & Southern Open, there is little doubt that the American star is playing well enough right now to win the U.S. Open.
Not only did Williams win the Rogers Cup and the Collector Swedish Open in the weeks leading into last week’s tournament in Cincinnati, but she is also the defending 2013 French Open champion.
Add in the fact that Williams is also the defending U.S. Open champion, and there is little doubt that she will be in contention for another victory this year.
Williams will have to make it past her toughest foe, Azarenka, to win her fifth career U.S. Open Grand Slam, but with Maria Sharapova withdrawing from the event, according to USA Today, the path to another title just got a bit easier.