Nadal-Federer quarterfinal lurking

Much more at stake at the 2013 US Open for big three behemoths than just a title

Updated: August 22, 2013, 2:54 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

For a while there, you could see the US Open men's champion coming from, well, across the water.

For four consecutive years, from 2004 to 2007, Roger Federer won Wimbledon and the US Open, the last two Grand Slam singles titles of the season. In 2010, Rafael Nadal took the last two. A year later, Novak Djokovic achieved the Wimbledon-US Open double.

Last year, for the first time in nine years, there were four different major champions. This was because Andy Murray finally, truly ...

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