'You can never write off Rafael Nadal', says former ATP ace

“You can never write off Rafael Nadal,” says the former ATP ace

Will it be a tournament full of surprises or will almost all predictions come true on the pitch? Surely, great challenges are expected over the course of the two weeks to win the title. Everything is ready for the start of the 2022 edition of the US Open: the main draw was officially announced on Thursday afternoon, August 25, revealing the route all tennis players will have to take from Monday.

Novak Djokovic will not be there, whose resignation only came in the last few hours and was therefore not included in the draw. The highest part of the field is reserved for Daniil Medvedev, who will lead the seed and make his debut with Stefan Kozlov.

The Russian could face his Montreal nightmare Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16, and in the quarters there are potential rivals Pablo CarreƱo Busta and Felix Auger-Aliassime, who are very dangerous on the cement.

Also in attendance is 2020 winner Dominic Thiem, who will make his debut against the Spanish Masters 1000 winner from Canada. In the semi-finals, the number one could again meet the Greek Tsitsipas, who, however, will have very difficult players to solve before this possible match.

At the end of the draw, all eyes will be on Rafael Nadal who could face Fabio Fognini again in the second round of the competition. In the round of 16, the Spaniard would meet one of the two, Diego Schwartzman or Frances Tiafoe, depending on the seeding list.

Henman on Rafa Nadal

Tim Henman has picked his favorites for the US Open men’s title – and he believes Rafael Nadal could be there to win his third Major of 2022. “There’s a whole bunch of people knocking on the door.

Nadal could win his third Slam of the year. You can never write Rafa off. Maybe we did that last year when he was struggling with an injury, but look what he did in his comeback event at the Australian Open and then he won the French Open again.

It will take a huge effort but Nadal certainly has a chance to fight for another title, especially if Djokovic isn’t playing. I would also look out for (Carlos) Alcaraz and (Jannik) Sinner who played great tennis.

Capser Ruud also continues to impress me on all surfaces. Plenty of choice on the men’s side.” Henman told Tennis365 ahead of Wimbledon Nick Kyrgios could be one to watch at the All England Club and that prediction proved correct as the underdog Australian made it through to the final.

“He’s playing great,” Henman said of Kyrgios. “The success he’s had at Wimbledon has given him a taste of the big time and it seems he really enjoyed it. To see him back up that success by winning singles and doubles in Washington was fantastic. He plays brilliantly. He’s a huge draw for our sport and hopefully he can build.”

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