Top 3 to take center stage in Flushing

For Djokovic, Nadal and Murray, US Open title would mean 2013 bragging rights

Updated: September 5, 2013, 12:00 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The devaluation of the No. 1 ranking in tennis has been going on for a long while now, even if nobody really likes to harp on it that much because, well, you know, it can seem a little uncouth.

Players say the top ranking is a nice thing to have, all right -- don't get me wrong. And no male player would throw the top ranking or ITF's Player of the Year honor into the whirlpool if it fell in his lap. But the prevailing ethic in the men's (and women's) games now is exactly what ...

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