Realistic expectations for U.S. men

John Isner & Co. love the New York atmosphere, but a title run seems unlikely

Updated: August 20, 2014, 12:12 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | ESPN.com

For decades, the American men had a commanding presence on center stage at Flushing Meadows. We saw John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors win nine championships between them. Then Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Michael Chang contended for the title for a decade and a half. And there was Andy Roddick, who served his way to the crown in 2003.

But these days, the tournament revolves around international stars such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal (not playing this year because of ...

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