Novak Djokovic —
The introspective but extroverted Serb rediscovered his passion for the game during the European clay court circuit. He then regained his elite form at Wimbledon, winning his fourth title there. Federer says Djokovic is the best hardcourt player of the Big 3, and his eight Grand Slam and 23 Masters 1000 titles on hard courts provide solid evidence.
The 31yearold Serbian also is the best active player at beating top 10ranked opponents at 67.4 per cent. Djokovic has clinched 48 of his 69 tourlevel titles by defeating a Top 10 opponent in the championship match, winning 64 per cent of his finals (4827) against members of that elite group.
At Flushing Meadows, the reinvigorated Djoker will take his second straight major and 14th overall, tying Pete Sampras for third place alltime.