"The surface is very balanced, but the Americans play well at the Open, they love to participate – Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and all the girls, Kenin. There are so many good American players that I would not be surprised if three of the last four are American (semi-finalists) ".
About Serena Williams, who lost last year's final against Naomi Osaka, the Swede added: "His intimidation factor disappears gradually among young players.
She has not been consistent over the past four or five seasons and she has not played enough tournaments or won enough titles. The cloakroom probably thinks there is a small chance to beat her because the consistency – physical and tactical – was not there.
The intimidation factor is therefore not as strong in Serena as in Roger or Rafa"On the men's side, Wilander sees the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, which is making a breakthrough this year, as well as the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas as being the players "who are most likely to do something extraordinary".
The Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut believes that it will be very unlikely that Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic be defeated at New York. "I see people like David Goffin or Daniil Medvedev play well.
But the Big 3 is incredibly good and they have the ambition to be the best of all time. They push each other. "