Consider the 12 most recent grand slam tournaments, starting with the US Open in 2008.
Roger Federer has appeared in seven finals, winning four of them, while Rafael Nadal took the court in six finals, winning five championship trophies. These two opponents, however, have never met each other in a US Open final.
Since August of 2008, Novak Djokovic has appeared in three finals, winning two, while the No. 4 seed Andy Murray survived to take the court in three finals, but the Scot has not yet found himself in the winners circle.
Juan Martin del Potro appeared in one final, winning the US Open in 2009. Swede Robin Soderling overcame huge odds to appear in two French Open finals, losing both times. Andy Roddick and Tomas Berdych have each appeared in one slam final in losing efforts.
In total, eight men have appeared in the past 12 finals. Only four of them have won titles.
During the past 12 majors for the ladies, Serena Williams has appeared in five finals, winning all five, while another perfect lady, Kim Clijsters has managed to make three finals, winning all three.
Two other ladies were perfect but on a much smaller scale. Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova each appeared in one slam final during the past three years, winning a championship trophy for their efforts.
On the other hand, Francesca Schiavone and Li Na of China both appeared in two grand slam finals and they each won once––both at the French Open. Russians Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonareva have also appeared in two finals, but neither managed a win.
Finally, Venus Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Samantha Stosur and Maria Sharapova have each appeared in one final in the past three years, coming away as the runner-up.
In total, 14 women have appeared in the last 12 major championships, with six different women winning finals.
As the men and women gather in Flushing Meadows ready to begin the task of winning the 2011 US Open, which man or which woman has the best shot of becoming the next US Open champion?
Here are the favorites coming into Flushing Meadows starting Monday, August 29.