The whole world was expecting and hoping for Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer before the draw, one of our sport’s most famous, passionate duels.
I was afraid for Roger before he lost to Tommy Robredo because he seems a bit short physically to go all the way.
We saw a wonderful Federer in the first week, almost playing his best tennis. He was focused and kept stretching to protect his back. But despite this positive attitude, I felt he would struggle physically against Nadal.
Something has changed with Rafa since the French Open. In recent years, even before his injury, Novak Djokovic has had some kind of physical domination over Nadal in their match-ups.
Rafa would play it too safe and too short. But, since winning Roland Garros, something has happened. Nadal has had a switch that I cannot fathom.
I would say things have totally changed since then and Nadal is now my favourite to win the US Open, especially now that Juan Martin Del Potro and John Isner have dropped out after suffering physically.
Rafa is favourite because, despite his amazing year, Andy Murray remains an enigma.
After living the dream of an entire nation by winning Wimbledon, he has seemed to have some difficulty playing on hard courts, which are his favourite surfaces normally.
Andy has showed his human side in recent years, and so it is natural for anybody to relax or struggle to find motivation after such an incredible achievement. That is why I doubt his chances.
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