August 25, 2010
Although, Wimbledon, undoubtedly, is the most coveted prize for any tennis player, arguably, the most anticipated and exciting tournament this year for tennis fans is the US Open! The question on everyone’s mind and all the buzz is centered one man: Rafael Nadal!
Will Rafael Nadal stun us all and achieve the coveted and rare Career Grand Slam? Can the “King of Clay” and World’s number one player win on the speedy hard courts? Will the man with the big guns blasts his opponents and all of the doubters off the court this year?
I say, “YES”! Sure, Nadal was demolished in uncharacteristic fashion by Andy Murray at the Roger’s Cup…However, we have all seen and know that Murray isn’t very mentally tough when it counts, and we know what that can do to one’s tennis career. Remember Amelie Mauresmo? Nadal’s performance last week in Cincinnati, and the best comeback performance of the US Open Series, thus far, proves that although he may not have the best hard-court game on tour, he has the best heart . Down a set and at match point against the Frenchman, Bennitaeu, Nadal fought back and won the match in a decisive fashion. No one else on tour can do that, not even Federer!
Although it will be tough, Baghdatis is back and better than ever, Federer is in hot pursuit of trying to achieve 20 Majors, the “Joker” and Roddick want to add a second Major to their resume, and Soderling, Murray, and Berdych all want a piece of the pie, but the man to beat, hands down, is Nadal. My prediction for the final: Murray and Nadal in a stunning five setter.