Tennis Expert Picks - US Open

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Editor's note: In selecting our picks, the "toughest road" must be by a player seeded in the top eight, and a "sleeper" is someone seeded 17th or lower.

So, you think this year's US Open is wide open?

Check out the Experts' Picks standings heading into the season's fourth and final major:

1. Kamakshi Tandon (75), 2. Cliff Drysdale (70), 3. Matt Wilansky (69), 4. Mary Joe Fernandez (67), 5. Chrissie Evert (43), 6. Pam Shriver (38),7. Brad Gilbert (36), 8. Patrick McEnroe (34), 9. Darren Cahill (32), 10. Howard Bryant (27), 11. Greg Garber (20), 12. Steve Weissman (19), 13. Melissa Isaacson (16), 14. Jim Caple (11).

Drysdale, the venerable broadcaster, and ESPN.com tennis editor Matt Wilansky thrust themselves into the top of the fray at Wimbledon, correctly picking Djokovic to win the title. Realistically, it's a four-person race with ESPN.com writer Tandon and Fernandez, an ESPN analyst, tightly bunched.

Wilansky may not be enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame as Drysdale is, but he's only one point behind with a maximum of 94 points available in the categories of winner, sleeper and toughest road on both the men's and women's sides.

"I had a terrific clay-court season," Wilansky observed, sounding a bit like Rafael Nadal. "It will be a daunting task trying to take down Cliffie, but I will try my best."

With Rafa, the defending champion, out and the top-seeded Djokovic coming in with two losses in his past three outings, it's going to be interesting. Serena has won 12 of 13 matches since that bizarre exit in doubles, but she has some solid support from our experts.

Let's go to the picks:

Darren Cahill

Men's winner: Novak Djokovic
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Tomas Berdych
Women's toughest road: Maria Sharapova

Men's sleeper: David Goffin
Women's sleeper: Camilla Giorgi

Cliff Drysdale

Men's winner: Novak Djokovic
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Andy Murray
Women's toughest road: Petra Kvitova

Men's sleeper: Feliciani Lopez
Women's sleeper: Venus Williams

Chris Evert

Men's winner: Roger Federer
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Stan Wawrinka
Women's toughest road: Petra Kvitova

Men's sleeper: Gael Monfils
Women's sleeper: Madison Keys

Mary Joe Fernandez

Men's winner: Novak Djokovic
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Tomas Berdych
Women's toughest road: Petra Kvitova

Men's sleeper: Gael Monfils
Women's sleeper: Petra Kvitova

Brad Gilbert

Men's winner: Roger Federer
Women's winner: Simona Halep

Men's toughest road: Stan Wawrinka
Women's toughest road: Eugenie Bouchard

Men's sleeper: Steve Johnson
Women's sleeper: Svetlana Kuznetsova

Pam Shriver

Men's winner: Roger Federer
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Tomas Berdych
Women's toughest road: Eugenie Bouchard

Men's sleeper: Jerzy Janowicz
Women's sleeper: Sloane Stephens

Howard Bryant

Men's winner: Novak Djokovic
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Grigor Dimitrov
Women's toughest road: Simona Halep

Men's sleeper: Gael Monfils
Women's sleeper: Garbine Muguruza

Greg Garber

Men's winner: Novak Djokovic
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Tomas Berdych
Women's toughest road: Angelique Kerber

Men's sleeper: Feliciano Lopez
Women's sleeper: Sloane Stephens

Melissa Isaacson

Men's winner: Roger Federer
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Andy Murray
Women's toughest road: Petra Kvitova

Men's sleeper: Mikhail Youzhny
Women's sleeper: Madison Keys

Kamakshi Tandon

Men's winner: Roger Federer
Women's winner: Maria Sharapova

Men's toughest road: Tomas Berdych
Women's toughest road: Simona Halep

Men's sleeper: Gael Monfils
Women's sleeper: Venus Williams

Matt Wilansky

Men's winner: Roger Federer
Women's winner: Serena Williams

Men's toughest road: Tomas Berdych
Women's toughest road: Maria Sharapova

Men's sleeper: Gael Monfils
Women's sleeper: Andrea Petkovic

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