That race on the grass of the cathedral meant a break in the circuit, as it determined that three of the five best players of the moment, the British Andy Murray, the Serbian Novak Djokovic and the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka put an end to their respective seasons through injuries of long recovery.
Since then, the great appointments always had illustrious absences and in some cases their presences were symbolic, far from the level they knew to have.
On the contrary, from today in the Corona Park of Flushing Meadows, the gladiators of the old guard led by the Spanish Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer will fight for the title in a painting with other dangerous names such as Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka, the Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro, the Croatian Marin Cilic or the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
It will also be a good opportunity to see if a member of the "Next Gen", led by the German Alexander Zverev, can finally put an end to the hegemony of the veterans, who still dominate the big tournaments like more than one decade and a half ago. .
With so many strong names it is difficult to recruit a candidate, but because of topicality, history and preparation, Nadal seems to put his head above the rest. Defending champion and three times winner in cement New York, Nadal took the title of Toronto to be absent in Cincinnati, although the Spaniards were responsible for noticing that it was not a break.
"It was not a rest, it was preparation, I was resting, but not resting," said the number one in the world, who emphasized that his preparation gives him a lot of confidence for today's debut against his compatriot David Ferrer.
Federer, five times king on the Arthur Ashe course, is presented as the main enemy, although he has not lifted the trophy for ten years. "I have rarely had bad tournaments here in New York, because I like to play here, I think the speed of the track is good for me," said the number two player, who arrives at the US Open after losing the Cincinnati final to Djokovic. .
He debuts Tuesday against the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.
Del Potro, a semi-finalist last year, ran in his favorite tournament as one of the favorites, with his best historical position in the ranking (third) as reference and his special motivation for this event.
"The expectations are always the best, I feel good and I am in good shape, as everybody knows, this is my favorite tournament and I always have high expectations of playing in New York, I am very excited to start and I will try to enjoy as I always did In this tournament I will see if I can go far, "said the Argentinian, who today debuts against the American Donald Young and hopes that his recurring pain in the operated wrist will not take away the possibilities.
No signs of discomfort that hit him until very recently after an operation in the elbow Djokovic, Wimbledon champion and last week in Cincinnati. As far as his rankings do not mark him yet, the Serb is in the top three and strives to bring his Grand Slam title account to 14 in New York. To do this, he would have to win as in 2011 and 2015, but first he will have to defeat the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics on Tuesday and especially a possible premature clash with Federer in the quarterfinals.
Absent in the last four major for the injury and the subsequent hip operation, Murray hopes to return with glory to the tournament he won in 2012. However, his resistance and lack of pace remove him from the list of favorites.
"My expectation is to do my best in the races, hopefully, if I do, my tennis will improve," the Scot said, who will make his debut against Australian James Duckworth.
The US Open table, with the bonus of the opening of the brand new Louis Armstrong stadium, is being served and promises action from the first minute, with Wawrinka, champion in 2016, before Dimitrov, winner of the last Masters, as the first big dish in the start of the day.