Rafael Nadal starts next Monday at the US Open in the first round of the fourth and last Grand Slam of the year. The road to the title could have been more difficult for the 36-year-old.

Lucky draw: Rafael Nadal caught an extremely good constellation in the US Open draw, meeting world No. 198 Rinky Hijkata in the first round. As “Tennisnet” writes, the match against the 21-year-old is the perfect opportunity for the Spanish tennis star to gain self-confidence.

Short, clear, compact

Possible Alcaraz duel in the semifinals: Cameron Norrie would only face a real test in the quarterfinals, but the top duel will then follow in the possible semifinals against young superstar Carlos Alcaraz. For example, defending champion Daniil Medvedev could meet Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16.