Men's Open draw: Picking Federer always is in vogue

Roger Federer began his latest New York adventure with a spot on the cover of Men's Vogue magazine - expect him to end it hoisting aloft the U.S. Open trophy.

The Swiss world No. 1 has triumphed in the Big Apple the past five years, and there is little to suggest he will slip up this time around.

Federer comes into the U.S. Open having revitalized his career following a disappointing 2008 and is back to the awesome peak of his powers.

Victories in the French Open and at Wimbledon, combined with his wife Mirka giving birth to twin daughters, make this a spectacular year for Federer.

The 28-year-old's defense of his title should be assisted by a comfortable draw. He is scheduled to meet eighth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinal, but the Russian could be unseated by fast-improving and big-serving American Sam Querrey.

But the best home hope once again will be Andy Roddick, and the world No.5 looks good for a run to the last four. Roddick's giant serve, improved physical condition and enhanced consistency since linking up with new coach Larry Stefanki have him primed to go deep, but Federer likely will be too great an obstacle in the semis.

The bottom half promises a repeat of last year's semi between Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, with Nadal's suspect fitness following his return from injury and Murray's hardcourt prowess leaning toward another win for the Scot.

In the end, though, it is impossible to look past Federer, who beat Murray in Cincinnati last week and rarely has looked hungrier.

Pete Sampras' Grand Slam record already has gone; now Federer is chasing his 16th Slam victory and beyond. On Sept. 13 he should add one more to the list.


Quarterfinals: Federer beats Querrey; Roddick beats Djokovic; Nadal beats Berdych; Murray beats del Potro

Semifinals: Federer beats Roddick; Murray beats Nadal

Final: Federer beats Murray

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