US Open: Who are fa­vorites, dark horses?

The ten­nis world will con­verge on New York City over the next few weeks. Here’s what to watch for.

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The 2016 U.S. Open ten­nis tour­na­ment be­gins Mon­day in Queens with a full slate of ac­tion. Here’s a look at the fa­vorites and dark horses.

Fa­vorites: No­vak Djokovic (No. 1 seed)

The de­fend­ing US Open champ is bat­tling a left wrist in­jury as he at­tempts to cap­ture his 13th Ma­jor cham­pi­onship and third Grand Slam ti­tle of 2016.

“Well, the wrist hasn’t been in ideal start for the last three and a half weeks, but I’m do­ing ev­ery­thing in my power with ob­vi­ously the med­i­cal team to make sure that I’m as close to 100 per­cent as pos­si­ble,” Djokovic said.

Andy Mur­ray (No. 2 seed)

Fresh off win­ning both Wim­ble­don and his sec­ond straight Olympic gold medal, Mur­ray could claim to have en­joyed a bet­ter year than Djokovic if he cap­tures the ti­tle in Flush­ing Mead­ows.

“Mur­ray is un­doubt­edly play­ing the best ten­nis of his ca­reer, he’ll feel he can win this tour­na­ment,” said ESPN an­a­lyst Ja­son Goodall.

Dark horses: Rafael Nadal (No. 4 seed)

The Spa­niard has won twice here (2010 and ’13), but hasn’t cap­tured a Grand Slam ti­tle since win­ning Roland Gar­ros in 2014. He could face Djokovic in the semifinals.

Mi­los Raonic (No. 5 seed)

The Wim­ble­don run­nerup to Mur­ray, Raonic has a huge serve and mas­sive fore­hand.

Marin Cilic (No. 7 seed)

The 2014 US Open champ is com­ing off a vic­tory over Mur­ray in the Cincin­nati fi­nal, snap­ping the Scot’s 22-match win­ning streak. He could face Djokovic in the quar­ters.

Juan Martin del Potro (Un­seeded)

The 2009 US Open champ re­ceived a wild­card Coverage be­gins at 11 a.m. Mon­day on ESPN and will con­tinue on their fam­ily of net­works, and the Ten­nis Chan­nel un­til the Fi­nals on Sun­day, Sept. 11. af­ter tak­ing out Djokovic and Nadal en route to the sil­ver medal at the Olympics.

Fa­vorite: Ser­ena Wil­liams (No. 1 seed)

Stunned by Ital­ian Roberta Vinci in the semifinals a year ago while en route to the cal­en­dar year Grand Slam, Ser­ena is bat­tling a shoul­der in­jury but should be highly mo­ti­vated to win her seventh U.S. Open and 23rd ca­reer ma­jor ti­tle.

“I’m start­ing to feel bet­ter now, and that’s re­ally pos­i­tive,” she said of her shoul­der.

Dark horses: An­gelique Ker­ber (No. 2 seed)

The 28-year Ger­man left-han­der stunned Ser­ena in three sets to win her first ma­jor ti­tle at the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary.

“Let’s see how Ser­ena will play here,” she said. “Let’s see how the oth­ers will play.”

Madi­son Keys (No. 8 seed)

The 2015 Aus­tralian Open semi­fi­nal­ist has the power and poise to make a deep run.

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Once again, No­vak Djokovic is among the fa­vorites to win it all in Queens over the next two weeks.

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