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Topspin: 0-4 in Grand Slam finals as he tries to give Britain its first male champion at any major tournament since Fred Perry at the 1936 U.S. Championships. … Gold medal at London Olympics, beating Federer in final at Wimbledon’s Centre Court, could be breakthrough he needed. … Top return of serve is a big advantage against most players on hard courts. … Has long deemed U.S. Open his favorite Grand Slam tournament.

DAVID FERRER

Seeded: 4

Age: 30

Country: Spain

2012 Match Record: 53-11

2012 Singles Titles: 5

Career Singles Titles: 16

Major Titles: 0 _ Best: SF, at U.S. Open (‘07), at Australian Open (‘11), at French Open (‘12)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: `11-4th, `10-4th, `09-2nd, `08-3rd, `07-SF

Topspin: Indefatigable; rare instance of tennis player getting better at age 30. … With 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal sidelined by knee problems, Ferrer gets top-four seeding. … Federer’s assessment: “Ferrer deserves a lot of credit because he’s always there and he hangs around and goes deep now on all surfaces. He’s become extremely good on the hard courts.”

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA

Seeded: 5

Age: 27

Country: France

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