Leading contenders for the men's US Open

How the leading men's US Open contenders and best Australian hope shape up ahead of the New York grand slam.

ALEX DE MINAUR of Australia.
ALEX DE MINAUR of Australia. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

HOW THE LEADING MEN SHAPE UP FOR THE US OPEN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB)

Age: 33

Ranking: 1

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US143,631,560

Career titles: 79

Grand slam titles: 17 (Australian Open 2008, 2011-2013, 2015-16, 2019-20; French Open 2016; Wimbledon 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018-19; US Open 2011, 2015, 2018)

US Open win-loss record: 72-11

Best US Open results: champion 2011, 2015, 22018; runner-up 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016

With no Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal in the draw for the first time this century, the Serbian is a raging favourite to claim an 18th grand slam crown.

DOMINIC THIEM (AUT)

Age: 26

Ranking: 3

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US23,873,943

Career titles: 16

Grand slam titles: 0

US Open win-loss record: 15-6

Best US Open result: quarter-finalist 2018

No longer merely a claycourt specialist, the Austrian looms as Djokovic's greatest threat and will still be ruing his five-set Australian Open final loss to the world No.1 pre-coronavirus.

DANIIL MEDVEDEV (RUS)

Age: 24

Ranking: 5

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US11,230,233

Career titles: 7

Grand slam titles: 0

US Open win-loss record: 8-4

Best US Open result: runner-up 2019

The Russian returns to his happiest grand slam hunting ground having gone within a set of upsetting Nadal in last year's epic final and will again take some stopping.

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS (GRE)

Age: 22

Ranking: 6

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US11,236,215

Career titles: 5

Grand slam titles: 0

US Open win-loss record: 1-2

Best US Open result: second round 2018

The Greek sensation is widely considered the most likely of generation next to break the big three's grand slam domination and it seems a matter of when and not if.

ALEXANDER ZVEREV (GER)

Age: 23

Ranking: 7

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US21,012,015

Career titles: 11

Grand slam titles: 0

US Open win-loss record: 7-5

Best US Open result: fourth round 2019

Germany's big white hope at last reached his maiden grand slam semi-final at Melbourne Park in January before COVID-19 stalled his progress but he should contend again.

BEST OUTSIDER

ANDY MURRAY (GBR)

Age: 33

Ranking: 134

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US61,544,007

Career titles: 46

Grand slam titles: 3 (Wimbledon 2013, 2016; US Open 2012)

US Open win-loss record: 45-12

Best US Open results: champion 2012; runner-up 2008

The former world No.1 is contesting his first slam since the 2019 Australian Open and a victory over Zverev this week suggests he could embark on a deep run.

BEST AUSTRALIAN HOPE

ALEX DE MINAUR

Age: 21

Ranking: 26

Plays: right-handed (two-handed backhand)

Career prize money: $US3,813,424

Career titles: 3

Grand slam titles: 0

US Open win-loss record: 2-1

Best US Open result: fourth round 2019

The Australian No.1 is seeded 21st but has been dealt a treacherous draw and could face fellow young gun Karen Khachanov or Jannik Sinner in round three.