NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 24: Roger Federer of Switzerland practices prior to the start of the 2012 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood, of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA)
Serena Williams and Roger Federer chase history at the 2012 U.S. Open while strong draws will challenge both.
The U.S. Open, the season's final major tournament, begins Monday with Roger Federer and Serena Williams aiming to capture another major championship by holding off strong fields in both draws.
Federer will be aiming for his record sixth title at Flushing Meadows, N.Y., as the world's No. 1 looks to rebound from a loss in the gold medal match of the 2012 Summer Olympics to Andy Murray. Murray faltered in his final tuneup for the Open, dropping a round of 16 match to France's Jeremy Chardy at Cincinnati's Masters. But the Open's third-ranked player will look to rebound and make some noise.
Murray opens against Russia's Alex Bogomolov Jr. on Monday, while Federer opens with American Donald Young.
Fourth-seeded Serena Williams is similarly coming off an Olympic triumph, but also faltered in her final Open tuneup, falling in the quarterfinals at Cincinnati to Germany's Angelique Gerber. The U.S. Open's top seed is Bulgaria's Victoria Azarenka, while Maria Sharapova enters the tournament in the third slot.
Americans John Isner (No. 9), Andy Roddick (No. 20), Sam Querrey (No. 27), Mardy Fish (No. 23) highlight the strong U.S. presence in the field.