The regular season of the ATP Tour is currently fully committedto the American hardcourt session. This week there is an ATP 250 event, namely the Winston-Salem in North Carolina. But maybe the bigger core is residing in New York where the qualifying session has begun at the US Open. Most of the top players are making the final adjustments in order to capthe last Major of the year with a praiseworthy performance.

Rafael Nadal, 5 ATP, is definitely one of the players who wants to save this season`s impression with a good result at the US Open. The Spaniard returned to the Tennis court at Rio and put up a great game.

He won the gold medal in men`s doubles - the only major award still missing from his pocket, but in singles, he failed to clinch a medal. He lost in the semifinal played against Juan Martin del Potro at the end of a three set encounter. In the bronze medal match, Rafael Nadalwas surpassed by the Japanese star Kei Nishikori. Overall, judging by the 2 months pause he had to endure, the Spaniard played quite well. He seems to no longer have any bothering issues with his arms or wrists.

Nadal can make a long run at the US Open

The Spaniard will play at the US Open with no prior practice at another ATP event. In Rio, the game surface was, by the vast majority`s standards, one of the slowest. But there is time to make some adjustments.

His ranking position can provide a good burst. With Roger Federer on the sidebar, Nadal will be amongst the first four seeded players along with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Stan Wawrinka. That might give him an accessible road all the way to the quarterfinals. From that point on, things might get tricky as opponents like Milos Raonic, Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are likely to ask for a bigger piece of the pie.

Nadal`s best results within the US Open

It`s been more than two years since Rafael Nadal won his last Grand Slam. It happened back in 2014 at the French Open. When it comes to the US Open, Nadal won the singles title in New York on two separate occasions,namely in 2010 and 2013. He, also, was a runner-up in 2011 losing the final at the expense of Novak Djokovic.

At the 2016 US Open, Rafa has a decent shot to add one more title. There is a vacuum of power at the top with Federer out of the businessfor the rest of the season, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are struggling with form and motivational impulse. The only player with a constant rhythm remains Andy Murray. Still, the Scot went through a hellish schedule with lots of matches and events pressuring him. In this case, the fatigue is something to expect.

As he reached 30 years of age, Rafael Nadal is sitting at a crossroad in his career. A success at this US Open might trigger huge momentum for what is to come in the next phase of his professional run as a tennis player.

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