With the US Open almost here there are a number of stories to be written and questions to be asked? Nadal is number one now and won't lose it here without a major collapse - not likely. Roger can't pick real points here since he won last year he is just defending those points. It really does't matter to him if he becomes number one again. Winning slams is really all he really cares about now. What better goal now than to win the open. That would give him 13 and put him nearer the goal of overtaking Sampras who has 14. Tennis is all about confidence and whether Roger can put it together is anybodys guess. My thinking is he can lose in an early round because that's where it will be scary for him. If he makes it to quarters he will probably have the confidence built up to meet Nadal in the final. Then it will come down to a war of nerves which most people will pick Nadal to win.
What about dark horses? This is always the fun part. Will someone come out of the pack to make a big run to the finish. Tsonga did it at the Australian open. The guy who has been making a big splash recently is Juan Martin Del Potro. He has been on fire and forgotton how to lose in the last several weeks. Then theres Andy Murray. He is up to number six and knocked off his old friend Novak Djokovic in Cincinnatti. Can Any Roddick make some noise. He thinks the U.S. Open is his best slam chance since he has home court and he skipped Beijing to be fresh for this. The problem is he has lost in some early rounds recently to stay a little too fresh. His confidence is not on top. James Blake is also a big Apple favorite and played some great tennis at the olympics.
On the women's side you have the usual suspects jockeying for position. Ivanovic is back on top and Jankovic and the allways dangerous Williams sisters can't be counted out. For a dark horse Caroline Wozniacki has been showing some great tennis winning 2 tournaments this month at the age of 18.
Who do you pick to win this thing? What say you?