The “tri-valry” among Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic is the biggest show in tennis. But as the U.S. Open kicks off on August 29, others are vying to take center stage. L. Jon Wertheim previews seven players worth watching.
The notion that the contemporary game has devolved into a pair of behemoths hurling thunderbolts back and forth over the net is single-handedly dispelled by a 22-year-old who could be mistaken for a ball boy. Dolgopolov is listed (generously) at five feet eleven and 157 pounds, and his power is modest. Instead, he relies on old-school virtues like accuracy, anticipation, variety, and blinding speed.