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Rafael Nadal is looking to win his 23rd Grand Slam title, while Novak Djokovic is still holding out hope of winning the US Open

While Novak Djokovic desperately clings onto a hope that he will even be allowed to set foot in New York, Rafael Nadal is looking to win his fifth US Open and his 23rd Grand Slam title in New York from the following week. Nadal is also targeting his 23rd Grand Slam title.

Nineteen years after making his first appearance, Rafael Nadal, now 36 years old, will make his last appearance in a contest that he won in 2010, 2013, 2017, and 2019, the year of his final appearance. Despite having an injury-prone body, Nadal will compete in the competition.

The Spaniard has been forced to withdraw from the US Open four times in his career, and there are once again serious worries about his physical capacity to withstand a taxing two weeks at Flushing Meadows. The Spaniard has been forced to withdraw from the US Open four times in his career.

Since an abdominal injury forced him to give Nick Kyrgios a walkover into the final at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal has only competed once, which was a primary-round loss to Borna Coric in Cincinnati. In that match, Nadal was defeated.

Nadal, who has already won two of the season’s three Grand Slam tournaments at the Australian and French Opens, said, “I need to go on and simply start to think about the energy that the spectators give me in New York.” Nadal has already won two of the season’s three Grand Slam tournaments.

“It is a really meaningful location for me, and I take pleasure in being there.” There have been moments in that place that will stay with you forever, and I’m going to do all in my power every single day to prepare myself ready for them.”

Nadal has made a habit out of bouncing back from adversity, as shown by the fact that he won his 14th French Open in June despite the fact that he played the whole tournament while receiving painkilling injections in his foot.

An additional motivation for Nadal is the opportunity to retake the top place in the world rankings from the reigning champion, Daniil Medvedev, whom Nadal beat in the last match of the 2019 tournament.

While Nadal trains in New York, his long-time rival Djokovic remains in Europe. Djokovic has resolutely refused to withdraw from the match in the expectation that the United States government would make a last-minute policy adjustment. While Nadal is in New York, Djokovic is in Europe.

Djokovic, who has made a name for himself by refusing to be vaccinated and who won the third and final of his three US Open titles in 2018, is not permitted to enter the United States because he will not acquire the Covid vaccination.

The legendary tennis player John McEnroe has referred to the suspension of Novak Djokovic as a “joke.”

Ironically, at the height of the epidemic in 2020 and 2021, Djokovic was permitted to play in New York, where he had previously won the title in 2011, 2015, and 2018.

The 35-year-old tennis player has not competed since he won his seventh Wimbledon championship a month ago, a triumph that brought his total number of Grand Slam titles to 21.

Because of his contentious attitude on vaccinations, he was expelled from Melbourne, Australia, in January, as he was on his way there to defend his Australian Open championship.

A month ago, Djokovic said that he was “preparing to participate” in the match that was taking place.

On Thursday, when the drawing takes place, he will most likely be put rid of his misery for good.
Given that Roger Federer is still missing from the tour and that there are concerns over Rafael Nadal’s health and Novak Djokovic’s participation, the competition for the boys’ championship is likely to be just as wide open as it has been in recent years.

Since 2014, Marin Cilic, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, and Medvedev have all contributed to weakening the grip that the “Big Three” have over the New York tennis scene.

Dan O'Brien
I am a journalist for The National Era with an emphasis in sports.
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