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"Finals are more special than semi-finals".

His fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka (left knee), reigning champion, and the Serbian Novak Djokovic (right elbow), finalist in 2016, have put an end to their season, just like the Japanese Kei Nishikori (right wrist).

"The long break past year really helped him".

Serena Williams' continued absence will leave the championship wide-open as the top stars fight for the major title.

The most anticipated matchup comes at night in Ashe: Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova plays her first Grand Slam match since the 2016 Australian Open against No. 2-seeded Simona Halep.

"She really had a great start this summer but was injury prone", Evert said. This is so so special.

Wimbledon never needed to make the decision on Sharapova because she chose to play the qualifiers - until she pulled out with a thigh injury.

Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.

I saw Andy Murray practicing on grandstand on Thursday, and it was obvious that he wasn't himself, so while him pulling out of the tournament did not surprise me one bit it does change the tournament since he was the two seed.

She has some tricky customers in her quarter, including Kristina Mladenovic, Agnieszka Radwanska and Coco Vandeweghe, though the highest ranked woman is that last of the eight in contention for No1.

The Spaniard always seemed to struggle at Flushing Meadows.

"I think here it's all about the balance, finding a nice spirit of competition and also enjoying a little bit of the city, to not get overwhelmed about the city and what is going on". "I think it's a good achievement after three years having some trouble".

When they have discovered the lower part of the women's draw, the spectators of the ceremony during which the organizers of the US Open revealed the draw conducted earlier have not been able to hide their amazement.

However, things are looking very rosy for the top 2 players both in the world and in the betting, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. It is still hard though to not think that these prices still represent value. If their first encounter at Flushing Meadows is going to happen, it will need to be in the semifinals, because the No. 1-seeded Nadal and No. 3 Federer were placed in the same side of the men's field by the draw. "I think there is a lot of great, American women playing at the moment, and I think there is lots of opportunities". The Russian skipped most of the hardcourt season to prepare and be fit for this tournament, her first Grand Slam since her suspension.

After losing to Jelena Ostapenko at the French Open, she had another bite of the cherry in Eastbourne: she fell to Caroline Wozniacki. Her second-round loss in NY a year ago means she has big points to gain, and she trails the top two women by fewer than 600 points after winning in Cincinnati.