Despite losing to Novak Djokovic at the Cincinnati Open by the slimmest of margins last week, Alcaraz enters the U.S. Open as the top seed for the third straight Grand Slam and has a World No. 1 rating. The current U.S. Open champion will try to keep his ranking in front of Djokovic by successfully defending his title.
The second-seeded Djokovic returns to the U.S. Open for the first time since 2021 and is well-positioned to retake the top spot. Since Djokovic missed the tournament the previous year due to his refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, he had nothing to defend. The Serbian would overtake the Spaniard, whom he lost to in the Wimbledon finals, if Alcaraz does not win the title again.
The No. 3 seed and 2021 U.S. Open champion is coming off of winning his first ATP Masters 1000 match on clay in Rome and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals. He was even hotter earlier in the year, winning four championships during a run of five straight finals, including a triumph at Miami and a runner-up finish at Indian Wells.
The 10th seed, Tiafoe, is expected to enter this event with a vengeance due to his narrow loss to Alcaraz in five sets in the quarterfinals of the 2022 U.S. Open and his career-high ranking. Tiafoe excels on hard courts, as evidenced by his 75% victory percentage and 15-5 record on those courts thus far this year.
The 23-year-old No. 31 seed Korda has been out for much of 2023 due to an injury, but he hopes to resume his form from the beginning of the year. Prior to making the Australian Open quarterfinals for the first time in his career, the American reached the Adelaide 1 final, where he fell to Djokovic.