As we close in on the start of the year's final Grand Slam the tennis world is eagerly anticipating the new talking points that are certain to arise. Things like: 'Surely Federer is undisputably the G.O.A.T' or 'Now that Murray has his 1st Grand Slam he is definitely the tennis world's new ruler' or even 'Wooo! Roddick really ISN'T a 1 Slam Wonder!'.
So, I decided to share my thoughts on who is most likely to walk away with the title at the end of those 2 weeks! Enjoy!
Surpise, surprise, look who's 1st! But who else could it be? He's in-form after winning Cincinnati, he's just answered the doubts surrounding his ability to deal with one of his main rivals (Murray) and his biggest nemesis doesn't quite seem to have found his rhythm yet.
On top of this he has crowd support (against anyone other than an american) and well, he's just dominant at New York.
Andy Roddick is here at No. 2 (for me anyway) because of two things: Nadal hasn't found his form yet and right now there's no-one who's going to be as motivated as him when that tournament starts.
Those two things (along with the fact that his opponents will be playing not just A-ROD, but also some 20,000 biased and LOUD American fans) makes me think that this may just be his tournament.
My 3rd placed candidate, Del Potro, seems to be the most exciting prospect on tour right now. Standing at a measly 6'7, Juan Martin is practically unplayable when both his serve and his groundstrokes are clicking and recently they very much have been. If not for exhaustion he surely would've walked out of Montreal the champion.
I would actually have placed him at No. 2 if not for the fact that he would've have to play the best tennis of his life for at least 4 sets to beat Federer. And, unfortunately for him, there's both a very high chance that he will have to play Roger AND a very high chance that he won't be able to do that.
And so we reach No. 4. Nadal is here because at his peak (which is something he may return to during the US Open) this year he was definitely the No. 1 player in the world. He is not higher (e.g at No.1/2) because I am unsure of how well he will playing by the time the tournament gets underway.
However, one thing is for sure. If he is at the level which brought him the Australian Open earlier this year by the time we reach the quarters then expect a player willing to give his all to capture the only Grand Slam missing from his resume. And don't be surprised if he does.