Maria Sharapova of Russia returns a shot against Maria Kirilenko at the US Open

US Open 2014: Maria Sharapova recovers from slow start to progress

The Russian beat her compatriot Maria Kirilenko

US Open 2014: Novak Djokovic defies concerns to progress to second round

The Serbian beat Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-2 6-4

Andy Murray in action at the US Open

US Open 2014: Andy Murray beats Robin Haase in difficult conditions

The British number one won 6-3 7-6 (8/6) 1-6 7-5

Andy Murray attends a basketball game in Madison Square Garden with girlfriend Kim Sears. Once again he carries British hopes into the US Open fray

Kevin Garside: With Rafa Nadal absent and Novak Djokovic out of sorts, the New York stage is set for Andy Murray to reassert his right to be ranked in such company

One Grand Slam is not enough when you have a talent like his and ambitions to lay down some historically big data

Eugenie Bouchard comes to terms with her defeat in this year’s Wimbledon final

US Open 2014: Eugenie Bouchard stays cool in face of NY expectation

'I’m not worried too much about my lead-up to the US Open' the Canadian player says

Misfiring Andy Murray chews the fat with Rory McIlroy ahead of US Open

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Heather Watson plays stretches for a backhand on her way to beating Dominika Cibulkova

Rejuvenated Heather Watson ready to make things happen

Britain’s No 1 goes into US Open with new attacking game and added determination

Andy Murray cannot disguise his frustration during his defeat by Roger Federer in Cincinnati last week

Andy Murray will be back in top four next year, says Brad Gilbert

Ex-coach tips Scot to recover form despite his tough draw in New York

The British No 1 Andy Murray is confident of rediscovering his form at Flushing Meadows

US Open 2014: Andy Murray insists he is back to his best ahead after barren spell

The tournament at Flushing Meadows begins on Monday

World No 1 Novak Djokovic has not enjoyed the best of summers since winning Wimbledon

US Open 2014: Why has Novak Djokovic gone from wonderful to woeful in space of months?

The Serb is struggling to find form heading into last Grand Slam of year

Andy Murray has not beaten an opponent ranked in the top 10 since winning Wimbledon

US Open 2014: Andy Murray faces tough route against old rivals from the outset in New York

Haase, Stepanek, Verdasco, Tsonga, Djokovic, Wawrinka and Federer are all possible opponents on the Scot's quest to win a second crown at Flushing Meadows

Serena Williams on her way to victory over Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati at the weekend

US Open 2014: Serena Williams forgets age and stays focused on the present

World No 1 says she has never felt fitter as she aims for 18th Slam at Flushing Meadows

Andy Murray cannot disguise his frustration during his defeat by Roger Federer in Cincinnati last week

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year

Roger Federer has credited coach Stefan Edberg for his upturn in form this year, resulting in him being installed as second favourite to win the 2014 US Open

US Open 2014: Roger Federer confident of crowning his amazing comeback year with title

The Swiss is in such fine form that he is the bookmakers’ second favourite behind Novak Djokovic

Britain’s Andy Murray returns a shot to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in Toronto

US Open 2014: Andy Murray seeded eighth at Flushing Meadows

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will not take part due to injury

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