THREE THE HARD WAY

Rafael Nadal's left-knee injury sidelined him for the 2012 U.S. Open and opened up the men's side of the draw, but not by much. The road to the title still goes through world No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who have combined to win eight of the last 14 Grand Slams. On the women's side Serena Williams, fresh off pummeling the field at the Olympics, rolled through the first week of play at Flushing Meadow without dropping a set and is the clear favorite. Which of these Big Three do you have your money on? Follow all the court action at SI.com including ...

Beyond the Baseline: Courtney Nguyen's daily tennis blog stays on top of the U.S. Open's biggest story lines and previews the key matches. Make sure you catch her Daily Bagel to start your day.

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STEWART MANDEL ON ...

STANFORD

How much do the Cardinal miss not only Andrew Luck, but also All-America offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro? In the span of a year Stanford went from beating San Jose State 57--3 to merely scraping by with a 20--17 win against the Spartans last Friday night. One of the hallmarks of Luck's teams was their success on third down (57.6% in 2010, 52.6% in 2011). Against San Jose State, Stanford converted only 2 of 13 third downs.... Read more of Mandel's College Football Overtime at SI.com

PHOTO ILLUSTRATIONDAVID LOBEL/ICON SMI (FEDERER); BOB MARTIN (WILLIAMS); THOMAS LOVELOCK (DJOKOVIC) PHOTOERICK W. RASCO (GRAHAM) PHOTOMEL LEVINE (MANDEL) PHOTODAMIAN STROHMEYER (DIGITAL BONUS) PHOTO ILLUSTRATION

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