James Blake and Sam Querrey will be hoping to roll back the years at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles this week.
Some of the greatest players in tennis history have competed at the Farmers Classic during its long and illustrious history as part of the US Open Series. Andre Agassi won the title four times in his pomp, Pete Sampras triumphed in 1999 and a little further back in the past, Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Rod Laver all clinched the title multiple times.
This year, it's proximity to the Olympics in the schedule means that some players have opted to get a week's practise in on the grass instead of chasing points in the States.
Four years ago, James Blake took out Roger Federer in Beijing before suffering an agonising semi-final defeat to Fernando Gonzalez which cost him a medal. This time Blake will have to make do with watching it on television while trying to roll the years back in LA. It's been a tough 2012 season for the veteran who's been recovering from a serious knee operation in November but after some fine performances in Atlanta, the former world number four will be a real contender this week.
Querrey won two Los Angeles titles at his peak, beating Andy Murray in the final a few years ago. It's easy to forget that the languid 6'5 Calfornian was once a top 20 player and one of America's biggest prospects, a man rated as the new Andy Roddick. However Querrey has been in the wilderness over the past couple of years after a number of injuries. He broke his elbow in multiple places and he's on the comeback trail this year. Fans in LA would love it if he goes deep once again.