With 12 days to go before the 2009 US Open tennis tournament will begin at Flushing Meadows, New York, we take a look at the greatest champions of the tournament in the Open Era – the eight men who have won in New York more than once – From Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in the 70’s and early 80’s to the kings of the 90’s – Sampras and Agassi, and the reigning king – Roger Federer.
Besides Novak Djokovic winning the Australian Open in 2008, it seems the Slams in the past few years have belonged almost completely to Roger Federer and, more and more, Rafael Nadal—but not much besides those two. Federer’s decline seems much more obvious this year, while Nadal, although winning three out of the last four grand slams, seems beatable off the clay, if he’s played correctly. Things seem a bit more open, and more players can join the chase for the big titles, even those who haven’t won one in their career. Here’s my list of the best six players today without a Slam title and their future chances of winning one.