Barring the French Open and the Monte Carlo Masters titles this year, it hasn't been a positively eventful year for Rafael Nadal.
It's certainly not what we'd come to expect after having seen him blast through to the US Open championship last year.
And now that we're closing on another one starting on Monday, things have not been going smoothly of late for the defending champion.
Novak Djokovic, his prime rival these days, has been inflicting a series of heart breaks on him. Nadal has lost five times to him this year, and in the process, has also conceded his No.1 ranking.
So, what could he possibly do to dethrone Djokovic and make his ascend to the top again?
Let's take a look at several options.