The US Open is finally upon us. After almost a two-month wait post-Wimbledon, the final Grand Slam of the year kickstarted yesterday at Flushing Meadows. Here, we have a look at the kind of draws that have been handed out to the original ‘Big 4’.

Rafael Nadal

Prediction-QF

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Injuries have taken a toll on the 2010 and 2013 Champion, who has had a year to forget till now, but, if there’s one thing we have learned from looking at his career, it is that “giving up” is a phrase that doesn’t exist for him. This time around, he has been handed a not so difficult draw, which should sail him till the 4th round, where he will run into Raonic or Verdasco, most probably. And if he overcomes this hurdle, then waiting for him in the QF will be Novak Djokovic, the man who finally ended the surreal Rafa Nadal French Open dream. Without contemplating any major upsets, and seeing the kind of form both of them are in, I think it is safe to say QF is the maximum Nadal will go this time around. But then, I’ll be the happiest guy if he proves me wrong and progresses further. The game is poorer without a fully fit Rafa Nadal.

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