As we look ahead to the start of the US Open this week (there’s still time to get last minute US Open tickets here!), it’s time to finally pick the favorites for both the Men and Women in this incredible Grand Slam tennis tournament in New York. The final warm-up events are wrapping up, and we’ve seen some incredible tennis in recent weeks, which should give us some idea of what to expect. Here are my picks for the 2014 US Open winners:

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Roger Federer has hit top form ahead of the US Open – (Photo Credit: © Mike McCune)

The big news in the Men’s singles tournament is the absence of reigning champion Rafael Nadal, who has struggled with a wrist problem. Combined with Andy Murray’s 2014 struggles, this figures to be a two-headed race between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Due to his recent title at the Western & Southern Open and his good play at other summer events like the Rogers Cup and Wimbledon, I’m giving the edge to Federer. And come on, who wouldn’t love to see the living legend collect another major title? But while Federer is my favorite, I think this could possibly be the time that Milos Raonic of Canada finally captures a Grand Slam. After his Citi Open title, I feel it’s just a matter of when, not if Raonic claims the US Open.

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Serena Williams needs to salvage the season at the US Open – (Photo Credit: © Marianne Bevis)

In the Women’s singles US Open tournament, I can look no further than Serena Williams. Although her year has been quite inconsistent, she has come on very strong in recent weeks, taking the Western & Southern Open as well as the Bank of the West Classic. But she has yet to claim a Grand Slam this year, which is quite unusual. Even more surprising has been her terrible performances at such tournaments, especially at the French Open and Wimbledon. Pride will be on the line, and Serena is the type of competitor that thrives off such emotions. Youngsters like Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, or Eugenie Bouchard could make a strong run and claim the title, but I think the power of Serena Williams and the American support will push her through to a 3rd straight US Open crown!

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Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller has enjoyed the sport of tennis for many years.An enthusiast who covers all major sports, he finds tennis to be one of the most pleasant and inspirational games around to watch. He also spends his time as a musician in Los Angeles.
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