The final major tournament of the season shows the strength in depth of any player in any sport. The US Open is no different. Roger Federer eyes a sixth successive title, while in the women's the competition looks fierce.
Seven games stand between Federer and a million dollar prize at Flushing Meadows in the men's singles. This year the focus is on stopping the Swiss star. On his side of the draw are Nikolay Davydenko and Lleyton Hewitt, with Tommy Haas, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick potential semi-final opponents.
While analysts eye yet another Nadal v Federer in the men's final, there could be a surprise or two thrown in with Robin Söderling a potential surprise in an early exit for Federer.
Juan Martín del Potro should face Andy Murray for the right to play Nadal on the opposite side of the draw. The Spaniard continues his fight back after injury, but if on top of his game should put away opponents with relative ease until he reaches the semi-finals.
Below par performances from Nadal following his injury perhaps takes some of the pressure away, but to prevent a sixth US Open for Federer should be motivation enough to get him to the latter stages of the competition.