Rafael Nadal Player Profile
Rafa Nadal is out of form before the US Open
Rafael Nadal is on the comeback trail from a surprisingly low world ranking ahead of the US Open.
The Spaniard's lengthy reign as French Open champion was ended by world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, leaving him in a lowly No 10 spot, his worst position since he was 11th as a teenager in 2005.
He was then humbled by a shock defeat to the unheralded Dustin Brown at Wimbledon.
His departure from the two events has raised fresh concerns about whether he can still add to his 14 Grand Slam winning titles.
Nadal does appear to have finally shed the injury problems that have hampered his career, having taken part in more pre-Grand Slam tournaments across the grass and hard court stretches than his title-chasing rivals.
But a surprise defeat to Feliciano Lopez at the Cincinnati Masters means Nadal will be arriving at the US Open having lost two of his five warm-up matches on hard surfaces. He hasn't progressed past the last eight in any of this year's three Grand Slams.
With expectations almost at an all-time low, the powerful left-hander will be determined to send out a reminder to his rivals with another lengthy run at Flushing Meadows.
- Nationality: ESP
- Date Of Birth: June 3, 1986
- Became Pro: 2001
- Height: 1.85 m
|20/08/15||F Lopez||ATP Cincinnati Masters||R3||Lost||5-7, 6-4, 7-63|
|19/08/15||J Chardy||ATP Cincinnati Masters||R2||Won||3-6, 4-6|
|14/08/15||K Nishikori||ATP Rogers Cup||QF||Lost||6-2, 6-4|
|13/08/15||M Youzhny||ATP Rogers Cup||R3||Won||3-6, 3-6|
|12/08/15||S Stakhovsky||ATP Rogers Cup||R2||Won||6-74, 3-6|
|02/08/15||F Fognini||ATP Bet-at-home Open German Tennis Championships||F||Won||5-7, 5-7|
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