The two best players in men’s tennis will return to New York this August, attempting to cap brilliant seasons with a US Open championship title. World No. 1 and 2011 champion Novak Djokovic, a five-time men’s singles finalist, and world No. 2 and defending champion Rafael Nadal, who also won the crown in 2010, will lead an elite field into the 2014 US Open.
In addition to Djokovic and Nadal, the field features past champions Juan Martin del Potro (2009), who has not played since March due to wrist surgery, Roger Federer (2004-08), Lleyton Hewitt (2001) and Andy Murray (2012). Overall, 104 of the top 105-ranked men have committed to the final Grand Slam tournament of 2014 (all but the injured Nicolas Almagro).
Djokovic enters atop the current world rankings after defeating Federer in five sets to win Wimbledon earlier this summer. He will be looking to reach his fifth consecutive men’s singles final, a feat matched in the Open era only by Federer (2004-08) and Ivan Lendl (1982-89).
Nadal, meanwhile, claimed the French Open title, defeating Djokovic in the final. A victory at the US Open for the Spaniard would move him into second place all-time in most Grand Slam titles won, breaking a tie at 14 he holds with American great Pete Sampras.
The man they are trailing, Federer, has won 17 Slam titles and is currently No. 3 in the world rankings. A victory in Flushing Meadows for the Swiss would give him a record six Open era men’s singles championships, breaking a deadlock with Sampras and Jimmy Connors.
Federer’s countryman, No. 4 Stanislas Wawrinka, a US Open semifinalist a year ago, claimed the Australian Open crown with a victory over Nadal. Filling out the field’s Top 10 are No. 5 Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, a 2012 US Open semifinalist and 2010 Wimbledon finalist; No. 6 Milos Raonic, of Canada, a 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 7 David Ferrer, of Spain, a French Open finalist (2013) and two-time US Open semifinalist (2007, 2012); No. 8 del Potro, of Argentina, a semifinalist at Wimbledon a year ago; No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, a 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist; and No. 10 Murray, who won Wimbledon in 2013 in addition to his 2012 title in New York.
The top American in the draw is current No. 12 and 2011 US Open quarterfinalist John Isner. Other direct entries for the U.S. are No. 62 Sam Querrey, No. 64 Steve Johnson, No. 69 Jack Sock, No. 70 Donald Young and No. 77 Bradley Klahn. Querrey and Young have each reached the fourth round at the Open, while two-time round-of-32 participant Sock is coming off a men’s doubles title at Wimbledon.
The July 14 edition of the ATP World Tour rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event. Germany’s Dustin Brown, ranked No. 104, was the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128; he was later joined by Damir Dzumhur, who gained entry after Almagro's withdrawal. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held Aug. 19-22, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.
The 2014 US Open will be played Aug. 25 through Sept. 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open men’s singles championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz.