My Men's Pick: Novak Djokovic (1st seed, Serbia)
Generally speaking, Novak Djokovic is the world's best hardcourt player. He is nowhere near the sure thing Nadal is on clay or Federer once was on grass but he is the top gun on the surface. However, an unexpected storyline has emerged this summer as Nadal has gone on a tear, claiming the titles in both Montreal and Cincinnati, beating Djokovic in the semis of the former. It will be a barn-burner of a final if they both make it. While he's not the player he once was, I still think that if both men show up in top form, Nadal wins. But the question with Nadal at this stage of his career and his season is always how well the knees will hold up. I think Djokovic takes the prize this time. For the record, I'd love to be wrong on this one.
My Women's Pick: Victoria Azarenka (2nd, Belarus)
As always, the top-seeded Serena Williams is unstoppable if she plays her best. But age is cruel in tennis and with 32 right around the corner, Serena can't summon her best as dependably as she once could. Azarenka, last year's losing finalist, is her biggest threat. She is one of very few women on tour with even a chance at matching Serena's power. Azarenka has won two Australian Opens so far. I say she adds the US Open to her Majors tally this year.