Darren Cahill believes Rafael Nadal will win this year's US Open. The Spaniard seeks his fourth title in New York. Cahill, speaking to ESPN, said: "Nadal. He is primed and ready after defending his title in Canada and hasn't overplayed coming into the Open.
Lively conditions will be an advantage, and he is well placed in the draw." Chris Evert agrees with Cahill: "Nadal. He has looked strong in practice and continues to improve his game by working on being more aggressive.
Brad Gilbert: "I will be shocked if the Big Three do not make it 12 Slam wins in a row based on the draw. Rafa is my first pick, with Djoker as my second favorite." Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou: "Djokovic.
He has been dominating the men's game for more than a year now, winning four of the past five Grand Slams." Rennae Stubbs: "Djokovic. There is no better men's player in the best-of-five format on hard courts than Novak.
He has been the most dominant player in the men's game over the past decade of Grand Slams and once again will be the man to beat, no matter who's in his way." Speaking of the women's side, Stubbs concluded: "Serena Williams.
At Slams, she gets that extra day off between matches, which allows her to handle any physical ailments. She is the greatest player ever at Slam level: She knows better than anyone how to do it, manage it and get the job done. She has come so close over the past two years; this is where she'll finally win that record-tying 24th Slam."