Tennis' U.S. Open Series has given an alternative exam to the ATP Rankings. Following Masters 1000 tournaments at Canada and Cincinnati, some players have faded, while others have shown they will be relevant.
The following article ranks the top 20 contenders specific to the U.S. Open. Recent hard-court performances and potential are important factors in our consideration. We will briefly mention where players No. 20-11 (descending order) stand as dark-horse players, and then provide more depth and analyses for the top 10.
Which of these contenders stands the best chance to compete for the title?