There have been hints, and hopes, of vulnerability at the top of the men’s game in 2014. But so far the Big 3, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer, haven’t yielded much. Between them, they’ve filled every spot in this year's Grand Slam finals except one—Stan Wawrinka’s in Melbourne. And they’ve won five of the seven Masters events played so far.
But as the last major, the U.S. Open, begins on Monday, the vulnerability has become undeniable. One member of the top tier, Nadal, has pulled out with a wrist injury. Another, Djokovic, looked listless at best in the Open’s two tune-ups this month. And the man who once made the Big 3 a Big 4, Andy Murray, hasn’t won a tournament since last year at Wimbledon, and hasn’t reached a final in 2014. That leaves—33-year-old Roger Federer as your U.S. Open favorite?
Let’s see what lies ahead in this most open of recent men’s U.S. Opens—you can find the draw here. The cream, it seems, has risen toward the top.