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Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 08:32 AM

5 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Roger Federer (1)

Age: 28 Country: Switzerland

2009 Match Record: 47-7

Career Singles Titles: 61

Major Titles: 15 - U.S. Open ('04, '05, '06, '07, '08), Australian Open ('04, '06, '07), French Open ('09), Wimbledon ('03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '09)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-Won Championship, '07-W, '06-W, '05-W, '04-W

Topspin: Titles at French Open and Wimbledon allowed him to tie, then break, Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam championships. ... Has reached the final at 16 of past 17 majors and the semifinals at 21 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments - more than double the previous record.

Andy Murray (2)

Age: 22 Country: Britain

2009 Match Record: 53-8 Career Singles Titles: 13

Major Titles: 0 - Best: F, at U.S. Open in '08

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-Runner-Up, '07-Lost in 3rd Round, '06-4th, '05-2nd, '04-Did Not Play

Topspin: Moved up to second in the ATP rankings this month, highest showing for a British man. ... There hasn't been a British male champion at any Grand Slam tennis tournament since the 1930s.

Rafael Nadal (3)

Age: 23 Country: Spain

2009 Match Record: 49-7 Career Singles Titles: 36

Major Titles: 6 - Australian Open ('09), French Open ('05, '06, '07, '08), Wimbledon ('08)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-SF, '07-4th, '06-QF, '05-3rd, '04-2nd

Topspin: U.S. Open marks his first Grand Slam action since May, when his 31-match French Open winning streak ended with a stunning loss to Robin Soderling in the fourth round at Roland Garros. ... Would complete a career Grand Slam with title at Flushing Meadows.

Novak Djokovic (4)

Age: 22 Country: Serbia

2009 Match Record: 53-16 Career Singles Titles: 13

Major Titles: 1 - Australian Open ('08)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-SF, '07-RU, '06-3rd, '05-3rd, '04-DNP

Topspin: Hasn't been past the quarterfinals at any of this year's major tournaments; came into 2009 with semifinals or better at six of previous seven Grand Slam events.

Andy Roddick (5)

Age: 27 Country: United States

2009 Match Record: 46-12 Career Singles Titles: 27

Major Titles: 1 - U.S. Open ('03)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '08-QF, '07-QF, '06-RU, '05-1st, '04-QF

Topspin: Only U.S. man seeded in top 20. ... Coming off heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer at Wimbledon - 16-14 in the longest fifth set in Grand Slam final history.

5 PLAYERS TO WATCH

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