The Olympus U.S. Open series is on its D.C. stop this week. Although Juan Martin Del Potro, the reigning U.S. Open and two time defending Legg Mason Classic champion, is sidelined by injury this year, numerous big names have made the trip to the nation’s capital to contest this coveted trophy.
This year’s superstar lineup is topped by Tomas Berdych, the new world number eight and 2010 Wimbledon finalist. Berdych is making his third appearance in Washington, but his first as the number one seed. The Czech will be aiming to improving on his semifinal result from 2005.
On the opposite side of the draw is perennial favorite Andy Roddick, the second seed. Roddick, a three time champion and finalist in 2009, is hoping to rebound from a curtailed Wimbledon campaign. Being on grounds which brought him tremendous success previously could be the remedy for the American’s blues.
Fernando Verdasco, the world number 10 and 2009 Australian Open semifinalist, is the third seed. It’s Verdasco’s maiden showing at the tournament. With three titles already this year, Verdasco will be a certain threat. Returning for the second straight year is Marin Cilic who is positioned as the fourth seed and a potential semifinal rival for Roddick.
Another favorite for the trophy is Sam Querrey who is the 6th seed. With three titles this season, Querrey could face Roddick in the semifinals. Two other Americans, Mardy Fish, the champion in Atlanta and John Isner, the runner-up in Georgia as well as the Legg Mason in 2007, are also strong contenders. Lleyton Hewitt, the 2004 victor, the always entertaining Marcos Baghdatis, Stanislas Wawrinka, Delray titlist Ernests Gulbis, veteran Radek Stepanek and upstart Thiemo De Bakker likewise are part of the main draw.
Other notables include James Blake, the 2002 winner, Richard Gasquet and David Nalbandian who were given wildcard entries. Moreover, the number one ranked pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor as well as the world number two, Mike and Bob Bryan, who have prevailed three times at this tournament highlight the doubles field.
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