Who to Watch at the US Open 2014

PHOTO: Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, serves to Shelby Rogers, of the United States, at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, Aug. 5, 2014, in Montreal.
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The U.S. Open kicked off today in Flushing, Queens, in New York City. The world's best tennis stars will flock to Arthur Ashe stadium for two weeks of tournament play that lead up to a $1.5 million prize.

Here are the players to keep an eye on:

PHOTO: Roger Federer, from Switzerland during a semifinal at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Aug. 16, 2014, in Mason, Ohio.
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Roger Federer is the biggest name in the game, but the champion player is 33 and hasn't won a major championship in two years. His rival Rafael Nadal is sitting this one out due to a wrist injury, which means Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are expected to be his biggest competition.

PHOTO: Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball against Gael Monfils of France at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, Aug. 6, 2014 in Toronto.
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Novak Djokovic

Djokovic likes the hard surface of the Open and has regularly beaten Federer and Nadal this year to land at Number 1 in the world, but he could face powerhouse Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.

PHOTO: Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot against Robin Haase of the Netherlands during his mens singles first round match on Day One of the 2014 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Aug. 25, 2014
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Andy Murray

England's Murray is coming off a back surgery that has left him struggling to advance to the finals in championships this year. He hasn't reached a final since he won Wimbledon in 2013.

PHOTO: Serena Williams during a semifinal match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Aug. 16, 2014, in Mason, Ohio.
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Serena Williams is one of the older players in the field, at 32, but still a master of the game. She's won two consecutive U.S. Opens and could go for a third this year, but hasn't been playing well in 2014 so far.

PHOTO: Maria Sharapova of Russia in action during her match against Madison Keys of the United States on day 4 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center, Aug. 12, 2014 in Cincinnati.
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If Williams fails to advance in the Open it could leave room for Maria Sharapova, who has won five major championships but is often bested by Williams in direct competition. She previously won the 2006 U.S. Open.

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic has attracted attention after making it to the semifinals at Wimbledon before losing to Federer. He's a top talent but has not been able to beat Djokovic to take home the prize in two prior tournaments this year.

PHOTO: Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria hits a forehand to Kevin Anderson of South Africa at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, Aug. 8, 2014 in Toronto.
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Grigor Dimitrov

Dimitrov also made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon, has a track record of beating Raonic, and has beaten Andy Murray. He's also had trouble with Djokovic.

PHOTO: Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, serves to Shelby Rogers, of the United States, at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament, Aug. 5, 2014, in Montreal.
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Eugenie Bouchard

Canadian newcomer Eugenie Bouchard has been in the semifinals of three Grand Slams this year and could be a match for Sharapova or Williams. The 20-year-old is currently ranked No. 8 in the world.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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