The U.S. Open 2009 draw is just released. The biggest news is that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are not on the same half of the draw, which means they will not meet before the final.
This year is special for a number of reasons:
1. Roger Federer, the No. 1 seed, will be bidding for the sixth consecutive title in Flushing Meadows.
2. A player other than Federer and Nadal is seeded as No. 2.
3. Last year's finalist Andy Murray will be looking for a break-through year, with his first major title.
4. Nadal will be making every effort to achieve a career Slam as well as reclaim his No. 2 and keep his hope alive for No. 1.
5. The 2007 finalist Novak Djokovic appears to have gained much-needed confidence by his last week's result at the Cincinnati Masters.
6. Andy Roddick has been playing, arguably, the best tennis of his career and has convinced most tennis fans since his spectacular performance at the Wimbledon final that he is one of the favorites to win this year's U.S. Open title.
As the US Open history suggests, most probably the title will go to one of these five players.
However, I have included a few more players who could cause upsets and go deep in the tournament.
Link for the draw: http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ms/msdraw.pdf
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