It's an anomaly, given that the two both have won the American major multiple times and have gone at it tooth and claw in nine Grand Slam finals. Konta has played only two tournaments since making the last four of Wimbledon, explaining that she has still played four extra matches since a year ago and is trying to pace herself.
Henman, though, sounded a note of caution. "I see all of them being risky", McEnroe said. He was defeated in the fourth round and quarterfinals of Montreal and Cincinnati respectively, and both losses were to young, rising players. With the troubles he's had injuries and health-wise this year, it would be silly to put himself even further back.
Twice champion Novak Djokovic (elbow), 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori (wrist) and Milos Raonic (wrist) are also absent while 2012 champion Andy Murray and 2014 victor Marin Cilic have been sidelined since Wimbledon by injuries.
One of the quirks of their great rivalry is that Federer and Nadal have never met at the US Open. Murray has a total of three grand slam championships to his credit.
Henman, though, does not think there should be an over-reaction.
The 25-year-old emulated Fred Perry's achievement from 1936, winning a pulsating five set clash in the Arthur Ashes Stadium 7-6 (12-10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 that lasted just under 5 hours.
"If you look at the number of tournaments the top players play now, they actually play less". He's that good of a player.
"Wawrinka and Djokovic are older".
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"One of the biggest challenges is making sure you stay injury free".
After some great Tennis so far on the United States hard courts, we head into Flushing Meadows with a lot of excitement and no clear favourite in either draw. Konta beat Halep at the same stage at Wimbledon last month but lost to the Romanian in Cincinnati last week.
ATP pretender: Rafael Nadal may be the top seed, but it's hard to see him breaking out of his pattern of tailing off in the second half of the year.
Rafael Nadal maintained his unbeaten record against Frenchman Richard Gasquet has he advanced into the third round of the Cincinnati Open.
"If I am in semifinals, not, I prefer to play against another one", Nadal said when asked if he wanted to face Federer in the semifinals. Having said that, Nadal won the French Open this year and only recently returned to the top of the rankings. He thoroughly deserves it and he's such a great ambassador for the game.
He'll probably have seven fairly tough gruelling matches to play, but hopefully there's some easy matches for him along the way.
As for Rafa, he's always a unsafe player and I think he certainly deserves to be equal favourite with Federer even allowing for his loss to Nick Kyrgios in Cincinnati.
In the meantime, Murray and Djokovic struggled to impose themselves as they too succumbed to the injury curse.
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