- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

Seeded: 1

Age: 28

Country: Serbia

2015 Match Record: 56-5

2015 Singles Titles: 6

Career Singles Titles: 54

Major Titles: 9 - U.S. Open (‘11), Wimbledon (‘11, ‘14, ‘15), Australian Open (‘08, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13, ‘15)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ‘14-Lost in Semifinals, ‘13-F, ‘12-F, ‘11-Won Championship, ‘10-F

Topspin: Reached the semifinals or better each of the last eight years at Flushing Meadows, including five appearances in the final, but has only one title to show for it. … Is 20-1 in Grand Slam matches this season. … Made the final at past 10 tournaments, but lost hard-court title matches at Montreal and Cincinnati in August.

ROGER FEDERER

Seeded: 2

Age: 34

Country: Switzerland

2015 Match Record: 45-7

2015 Singles Titles: 5

Career Singles Titles: 87

Major Titles: 17 - U.S. Open (‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08), Wimbledon (‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ‘09, ‘12), Australian Open (‘04, ‘06, ‘07, ‘10), French Open (‘09)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ‘14-SF, ‘13-4th, ‘12-QF, ‘11-SF, ‘10-SF

Topspin: Self-deprecatingly noted he hasn’t been to New York final since 2009. True, but that was sixth year in a row he played for U.S. Open title, winning five times. … Appearing in record 64th consecutive major. … Sat out Montreal tournament to rest up and prepare for New York, then beat Djokovic in Cincinnati final.

ANDY MURRAY

Seeded: 3

Age: 28

Country: Britain

2015 Match Record: 56-9

2015 Singles Titles: 4

Career Singles Titles: 35

Major Titles: 2 - U.S. Open (‘12), Wimbledon (‘13)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ‘14-QF, ‘13-QF, ‘12-W, ‘11-SF, ‘10-3rd

Topspin: Back near the top of the game after nearly falling out of top 10 a year ago at this time. … He and wife, Kim Sears, expecting first child early next year.

KEI NISHIKORI

Seeded: 4

Age: 25

Country: Japan

2015 Match Record: 46-10

2015 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 10

Major Titles: 0 - Best: F, U.S. Open (‘14)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ‘14-F, ‘13-1st, ‘12-3rd, ‘11-1st, ‘10-3rd

Topspin: A year ago at U.S. Open, beat Djokovic in semifinals and became first man born in Asia to reach a Grand Slam singles final. … Only Djokovic has won more hard-court matches in 2015, and only Djokovic, Federer and Murray have won more titles.

STAN WAWRINKA

Seeded: 5

Age: 30

Country: Switzerland

2015 Match Record: 36-12

2015 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 10

Major Titles: 2 - Australian Open (‘14), French Open (‘15)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ‘14-QF, ‘13-SF, ‘12-4th, ‘11-2nd, ‘10-QF

Topspin: Began his late-career surge at Flushing Meadows two years ago, reaching his first Grand Slam semifinal in his 35th appearance at a major tournament. … In his 36th, he won the 2014 Australian Open, and then proved he wasn’t a one-Slam wonder by winning another major championship at this year’s French Open. … Embroiled in a bizarre episode involving an on-court insult from Nick Kyrgios at a tournament in Montreal this month.

RAFAEL NADAL

Seeded: 8

Age: 29

Country: Spain

2015 Match Record: 42-14

2015 Singles Titles: 3

Career Singles Titles: 67

Major Titles: 14 - Wimbledon (‘08, ‘10), U.S. Open (‘10, ‘13), Australian Open (‘09), French Open (‘05, ‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘10, ‘11, ‘12, ‘13, ‘14)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ‘14-Did Not Play, ‘13-W, ‘12-DNP, ‘11-F, ‘10-W

Topspin: This is the first season since 2011 that Nadal participated in all four major tournaments; he missed last year’s U.S. Open with an injured right wrist. … Each of the last three times he played in New York - he also missed 2012 - he reached the final, winning titles in 2010 and 2013.

MARIN CILIC

Seeded: 9

Age: 26

Country: Croatia

2015 Match Record: 18-13

2015 Singles Titles: 0

Career Singles Titles: 13

Major Titles: 1 - U.S. Open (‘14)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ‘14-W, ‘13-DNP, ‘12-QF, ‘11-3rd, ‘10-2nd

Topspin: Only had reached one major semifinal before last year’s run to the championship in New York, including a victory over Federer in the semifinals. … Missed the 2013 U.S. Open because of a doping suspension. … At 6-foot-6 (1.98 meters), equipped with a big serve and flat groundstrokes that translate well on hard courts.

JOHN ISNER

Seeded: 13

Age: 30

Country: United States

2015 Match Record: 34-19

2015 Singles Titles: 1

Career Singles Titles: 10

Major Titles: 0 - Best: QF, at U.S. Open (‘11)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: ‘14-3rd, ‘13-3rd, ‘12-3rd, ‘11-QF, ‘10-3rd

Topspin: Top-ranked U.S. man. … For each of the last three years, Isner’s U.S. Open ended with a third-round loss to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. This year, if they met, it would happen in the fourth round - but Isner’s more likely opponent if he were to make it that far would be Federer.

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