Rafa has had a huge 2010 season, winning both the French Open and Wimbledon consecutively for the second time in his career.
Uncle Tony has figured out a system where his nephew can play a tournament one week, and rest the next; a system which has helped Nadal recover physically as well as mentally.
After going out in just the fourth round of his best tournament, and subsequently skipping Wimbledon due to injury, he has fully recovered from his debilitating tendinitis in both knees.
Now that Rafa has regained No. 1 in the world, I can only ask myself, "Will he finally win the U.S. Open?" A Grand Slam which has eluded his trophy cabinet so far in his career.
All signs point to him overcoming his struggles in the Big Apple, simply considering that he know has a good schedule which allows him to receive adequate rest before each tournament.
Personally, my favorite player is Andy Roddick and I truly hope that he wins this year after a disappointing performance on his second best surface. But I really do believe that Nadal is the front runner for this tournament because he is playing some of the best tennis of his career. He might also not have to deal with his rival and 5 time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer.
Will this be Rafa's year to capture the U.S. Open trophy, or will he have to wait a year for another chance?