The hard-court season is now underway and the U.S. Open is just around the corner. To predict who will succeed at that Grand Slam, one must look at the best players on that surface.
Now the world No. 1 men's player, Novak Djokovic proved to be fairly successful at the event last year, reaching the final. He continued to do well on hard courts, securing his country of Serbia its first Davis Cup title and winning the Australian Open as well.
He is so capable on the hard courts simply because he is a great mover on the fast surface, and the court's texture adds speed and effectiveness to his ground strokes and serve. His defensive abilities are also world-class due to his ability to slide on the courts whereas his opponents usually cannot (Novak actually slides on all surfaces, including grass).
Here are 10 other men that can be major threats on hard courts and especially in Flushing Meadows.