With Wimbledon now firmly entrenched in our rear-view mirror, it's time to focus on the season-ending Grand Slam tournament, the U.S. Open.
Reputation and recent history suggest that three predictable players will battle it out in September. Roger Federer, with five U.S. Open championships to his name, is itching to get his first major title of the year. Rafael Nadal is the defending champion and he just relinquished the No. 1 overall ranking.
But it is Nadal's successor in the top spot that must be the clear favorite. Novak Djokovic, coming off his first career Wimbledon title, has everything going for him right now. This has been his year from the beginning, highlighted by his 41-match winning streak and two Grand Slam championships.
Now, Djokovic has a chance to end his season appropriately, with a proper bookend on his dominant 2011. Here is why, right now, everyone should believe that he will come out on top at the U.S. Open.