Albeit with its typical weather delays, the U.S. Open is underway, and the sport’s biggest stars have launched their quest toward winning the final slam of 2013.
The stakes are certainly high for tennis’ best of the best, and each has much to gain—and to lose—with a championship charge at Flushing Meadows.
For some, it’s a quest for continued dominance or an effort to regain superiority lost. For others, it’s an opportunity to finally claim the sport's biggest prize for the first time or to take a significant step in that direction.
Whatever the benefits beyond simply winning, the top seeds in this year’s Open all have significant motivation to make it through crazy competitive men’s and women’s draws to discover the glory at the end.
Here’s a look at what drives the top three seeds on both sides of the draw and a pair of wild-card stars who are just as much a threat to win the U.S. Open as those at the top.
*Stats are courtesy of Tennis X and Tennis.Matchstat, unless noted otherwise.