With still some few games ahead, the US Open still has lots of action to give; there is not a surprise everyone wonders now which player will be reaching the US Final. We can suppose as in every grand slam to see the big four players dominating the court and competing in hopes to add another big title to their careers. The real question at the end is... Who will be this time?
Let's take a look at the menu; we have Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer struggling to recover their former glory, Novak Djokovic climbing and securing his new acquired position, and a optimistic Andy Murray trying to get a Grand Slam victory at last. Other contenders may disrupt the advance of these four warriors. Let's take a small analysis.
It seems like the shoulder injure of Djokovic has healed totally, so the Serbian is in full shape to take on any opponent who gets lucky, or unlucky to face him. Federer seems to be taking a second wind, his performance on the Cincinnati may have been a stone on the road, but the Swiss still could give some surprises. Nadal is very known to have problems at the starting rounds and get strength when the finish line is getting closer, so it won't be a surprise if the Spaniard seems kind of rusty at the beginning and become a polished machine of power at the final rounds. Andy Murray seems to have gathered a bit of confidence since Cincinnati victory. He definitely has the potential and the guts to win the US Open, however the Grand Slams always has proven to be elusive for the Scotch.
If we take a closer look, Djokovic and Federer really have their path almost paved, while Nadal and Murray have to cross a more difficult road, with stronger opponents and better statistics.
Djokovic faced Carlos Berlocq, during the second round, and now will face Nikolay Davydenko on the third round and maybe Richard Gasquet at the fourth. And there is a high possibility that his opponent will be Tomas Berdych. However, none of these will be a major problem for the Djoker. If Djokovic loses it will be because shoulder issues, but I don't think that could happen.
Federer trail is a bit more difficult; having dealt with Dudi Sela easily, but the coming opponents may give the Swiss a hard time. Now has to face Marin Cilic on the third round and possibly J.Tsonga or Mardy Fish at the quarterfinals. However, Federer real problem are the big hitters so, he may have it difficult if J.Tsonga get on his way again.
As if a cruel destiny was against Murray and his goal to win a Grand Slam; he has the hardest way ahead, if he dealt with successfully with Robin Hasse, the difficult rise more, probably having to face Feliciano Lopez or Stanislas Wawrinka, if he reach the quarterfinals he may face Gilles Simon or Juan Martin Del Potro. Should Murray maintain the rhythm and energy he displayed on Cincinnati, he may success on his goal.
As the defending champion, Rafa is no more lucky than Murray; many people has said he have it easy, however that is not the case, he may dispatch Andrey Golubev with minor problems, but still he may has to face Mahut-Ivan or Ernest Gulbis. Any of these three players could be a pain for the Spaniard; and Gulbis has the characteristic skill that can upset and claim his toll in a good day. Nadal may be facing David Ferrer or Andy Roddick in the quarterfinal. What could be a bit problematic for him on these duels is the hard court surface and his old foot injury. Even if Nadal is kind of handicapped; he may be in the final.
So, it won't be a rare case if the semis would be matchups with the top four, but the most probable scenery for the final match will be a Djokovic vs Nadal if the injuries of both players get under control.