Rafael Nadal has won three of the last five Grand Slams and goes into the US Open as the defending champion.
Despite this record, he will find himself in the unfamiliar position of being seeded No. 2 in a Grand Slam tournament.
The Serb’s season has been imperiously good.
Rafa’s season has been hit and miss. He lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and won the French title in a fashion that was slightly less assured than fans have become accustomed to witnessing.
Injury problems at Wimbledon may have hampered his overall performance, but he was thoroughly outperformed by the “Djoker” in the final.
A disappointing performance at the Western & Southern Open last week has left Rafa a little ill-prepared for the US Open, but writing him off would be a huge mistake.
This slideshow will put forward 10 reasons why Rafa will fight against the odds and win the US Open.