Rafael Nadal starts the first round of the US Open on Monday. Despite struggling with injuries this year, the Spanish tennis star is one of John McEnroe’s favourites.

Nadal number one again: A few days before the start of the US Open, former tennis pro John McEnroe predicted Rafael Nadal to be number one again in the world. “To be honest, I would be very surprised if Rafael Nadal didn’t return as number one,” says the 63-year-old at “tennisworld”.

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“One of the best of all time”: After his injury at Wimbledon, McEnroe believes that “the US Open is a great opportunity” for the 36-year-old Spaniard. “Rafa has shocked the world countless times and that’s why he’s considered the best or one of the best of all time.”