Victoria Azarenka

Old rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal top a U.S. Open men's field decimated by injuries

Old rivals Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal top a U.S. Open men's field decimated by injuries

One player’s misfortune can be another’s happy opportunity. With injuries forcing five of the top 11 ranked men’s players out of the U.S. Open, there will be many chances for up-and-comers to make impressions when tennis’ noisiest and brashest Grand Slam begins here on Monday.

But anyone with title aspirations likely will have to get past No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal or No. 3 Roger Federer, who have monopolized the first three Grand Slam championships this year after overcoming their own injury woes. Nadal, 31, won his 10th French Open title and recently regained the world No. 1 ranking; Federer, 36, didn’t play in New York last year because of a left knee injury and has had a sore back,...

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