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

Will it be a tournament full of surprises or will almost all predictions come true on the pitch? Certainly 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 revealed on the afternoon of Thursday, August 25, revealing what will be the path that all tennis players will have to face from Monday.

Novak Djokovic will not be there, whose resignation came in the last hours and therefore was 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 meet his nightmare from Montreal, Nick Kyrgios, in the round of 16 and in projection for the quarterfinals among the possible rivals are Pablo Carreño Busta and Felix Auger-Aliassime, 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 semifinals, the number one could face the Greek Tsitsipas again, who, however, will have players that are very difficult to resolve before that possible match.

At the bottom 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 face one of the two, Diego Schwartzman or Frances Tiafoe, depending on the seeds.

Henman on Rafa Nadal

Tim Henman has picked his favourites for the US Open men’s title – and he believes Rafael Nadal could be in the mix to win his third major of 2022. “There is a whole host of people knocking on the door.

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

It will take a massive effort, but for sure, Nadal has a chance to compete for another title, especially with Djokovic not playing. I’d also look out for (Carlos) Alcaraz and (Jannik) Sinner have been playing great tennis.

Also, Capser Ruud continues to impress me on all surfaces. Lots to choose on the men’s side”. Henman told Tennis365 prior to Wimbledon that Nick Kyrgios could be one to watch at the All England Club and that prediction proved to be accurate, as the maverick Aussie made it all the way through to the final.

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

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