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Nadal out to prove top dog status

A finalist in three of the four Grand Slam events this season, winner of his last 15 major semi-finals and with 15 majors to his name, Rafael Nadal will look to improve the record on Sunday.

He aims to capture the third US Open title of his career when he meets Kevin Anderson in the final, following on from victories in 2010 and 2013.

Since the ATP rankings began in 1973, Anderson is the lowest ranked player ever to make the final in New York, given his position of world No. 32.

In addition, the South African is also the tallest player to reach a major final at 2.03 metres and has a serve which should pose problems to the world No. 1.

Nadal's ability to continue improving despite now being over 30 was reflected in his semi-final win over Juan Martin del Potro when a change of tack helped him overcome some early adversity.

"I admit that I did have to change tactics after losing the first set if I wanted to win," said Nadal, who won 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

He found a way to nullify his opponent's strengths and go from being dominated to domineering himself in front of an adoring crowd, which included golf star Tiger Woods.

"He is one of the greatest competitors in tennis," an admiring Anderson said of his final opponent.

The South African, who reached the top 10 in 2015, had a back injury prevent him from making too much of an impact and he has also suffered from shoulder and leg problems throughout the current season.

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"Anderson has an incredible serve and is an example to the whole circuit about how to overcome injuries," Nadal stated.

On Monday, he is set to begin his 145th week atop the world rankings and is set to remain there for some time with Roger Federer having too much work to do to overhaul both the Spaniard and the injured Andy Murray.

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The Parisians sometimes call Rafael Nadal "The Ogre of the Clay," which makes the winner of nine French Open titles sound like something out of Grimm's fairy tales, terrifying those who dare to set foot on his turf.

And yet, for much of the past year, both in the French capital and elsewhere on the tennis map, the Majorcan didn't seem as scary as he usually is, or as capable of loading balls with topspin and speed. In short, the ogre seemed less ogrish.

Nadal is still the greatest clay-court player of all time, having already won La Coupe des Mousquetaires more than anyone else. But the question that will be asked again and again between now and the last whippy forehand of his 2016 French Open: Does Nadal have it in him to score another title at Roland Garros?

Rafael Nadal is hoping to get off to a quick start in Australia. Julian Finney/Getty Images

Like the clay that clings to his shoes, the doubt about Nadal's prospects in Paris is hard to wash away. It wasn't just that 2015 was the first year in a decade in which he didn't win a Grand Slam. It's also that he didn't win any clay-court tournaments during the build-up to Roland Garros. And while Nadal can win on all surfaces -- he is among a select few to have completed the Career Grand Slam -- it is his success on clay that tends to define him as a tennis player.

There are two possibilities for Nadal in Paris, each extreme: One is that he will become the first man to reach double-figure titles at the same Grand Slam, and the other is that his legend will be diminished by a second year of failure, following last year's quarterfinals defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic. Nadal's only previous loss at the tournament had been to Sweden's Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

There were some encouraging signs for Nadal in the last few weeks of 2015 as he had some decent results on hard courts. And in a recent conversation with ESPN.com, coach Toni Nadal suggested his nephew could triumph on the hard courts of the Australian Open.

But it will likely be Roland Garros that determines whether Nadal's season is a triumph.

Whatever happens in Paris this year, we are never going to go back to the time when Nadal was the undisputed monarch of the clay. Too much has happened since then, not least of which was the full flowering of Djokovic's talent. The Serbian will be determined to win his first French Open title to complete his Career Grand Slam. Stan Wawrinka's victory last year will give him hope that he can triumph again, and by taking Djokovic so close in the last four in 2015, Andy Murray demonstrated that he has it in him to one day be the French Open champion.

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  • Who deserves the GOAT status - most? Federer or Nadal? Tennis

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    So if both are, let's say, @ 18 and the separation after factoring in everything is minimal, if not not in existence, what then will be the ONE most glaringly determining factor?

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    Rafael Nadal Illness: Updates on Tennis Star - s Status and Return, Bleacher Report

    Rafael Nadal Illness: Updates on Tennis Star's Status and Return

    Rafael Nadal retired from his second-round Miami Open match against Damir Dzumhur because of illness, and it's unclear when the world's fifth-ranked player will return to action.

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    Latest on Nadal's Illness Saturday, March 26

    According to We Are Tennis, Nadal tapped out of his tilt with Dzumhur while trailing 2-6, 6-4, 3-0 and appeared to be in great distress:

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    Per Live Tennis, the on-court doctor urged him to retire from the match, and although he attempted to push through, he ultimately couldn't compete any longer:

    Nadal's retirement broke a long streak of finishing out matches, according to Ricky Dimon of The Grandstand:

    Nadal's first retirement since 2010 Australian Open quarterfinals against Murray. He had played 442 matches without one since then.

    The 2016 season has been a struggle for Nadal thus far, with no titles to his credit and a first-round Australian Open exit on his record as well. This comes on the heels of what was a subpar 2015 campaign for the future Hall of Famer.

    Rafa started the 2015 season with high expectations, befitting a player with 14 career major titles, but he struggled to the tune of just three singles titles and nothing better than a quarterfinal appearance in his four Grand Slam entries.

    It also marked the first year he did not win the French Open title since 2009, which was the biggest sign that he simply wasn't the dominant player he once was.

    While injuries didn't cause him to miss much action in 2015 like they did in previous years, nagging ailments may have played a role in his less-than-stellar showing.

    Despite everything Nadal has dealt with in recent years, he didn't feel sorry for himself entering the 2016 campaign, per the Times of India (h/t Ahmed Rizvi of the National).

    "It's not right to feel unlucky," Nadal said. "I feel very lucky about all the things that happened to me. I still got 14 Grand Slams and an Olympic gold, so I did much more than I ever dreamt."

    Even so, Nadal certainly hasn't enjoyed much luck on the injury front as of late, which has to be discouraging for both him and Toni Nadal. Prior to the 2016 season, Rafa's uncle and coach felt strongly that his nephew was bound to get back to the top of his game, according to ESPN.com's Mark Hodgkinson:

    I couldn't do this work if I thought that he couldn't win more Grand Slams. No, no, no, I think that he can win more Grand Slams. He can win the Australian Open in January. And he can win Wimbledon, too. The last few years, Rafael arrives at Wimbledon and he loses early, and very fast. And, in Roland Garros, for sure, Rafael can win. In tennis, you need confidence to do things. It's impossible to do anything without confidence. You can't win any good tournaments if you think you cannot and you don't believe.

    Tennis is an extremely demanding sport with a grueling schedule, and there is no doubt it has taken its toll on Rafa over the past several years. When taking into account his injury history, though, he has more wear than most other athletes at the age of 29.

    An illness is a slightly different story, and while the exact nature of his condition isn't yet known, one can only assume it isn't something that will impact him over the long haul.

    Nadal's primary focus currently is likely on getting himself in ideal form ahead of the French Open in May, and although that hasn't happened yet, he still has plenty of time to get to that point.

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    How and when Andy Murray could lose world No 1 status with Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer waiting in the wings

    How and when Andy Murray could lose world No 1 status with Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer waiting in the wings

    Not only is Murray's ambitions of winning a third Wimbledon title in the balance, but his place at the top of the world standings is on thin ice.

    As Murray enters the second half of the season and the third slam of the year, the 30-year-old has points aplenty to defend and with his confidence levels still sapped by last year's effort and this term's slump, he has much to do to fend off his competitors in the coming weeks. Here's the state of play.

    How is Murray still world No 1?

    It's a question that has been whispered in circles and won't go away given Murray's terrible run of form. The Briton has won just one tournament this season, an ATP 500 event in Dubai, and lost in the first round of three tournaments at Indian Wells, Rome and then Queen's for a mediocre overall record of 21-9.

    How does the ranking system work?

    T he ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) uses a rolling 12-month points system to collate their weekly players ratings.

    It calculates total points won from the past 19 tournaments over the previous year. Those tournaments include the four grand slams, eight mandatory ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, the World Tour Finals and the best six results from all ATP World Tour 500, ATP World Tour 250, ATP Challenger Tour and Futures Series tournaments.

    R ather than players starting from zero at the start of each season, players can either collect points from tournaments they were unable to compete in last time round or suffered an early exit at. They also have to defend those won from past successes.

    How many points can you earn for winning a grand slam?

    The four grand slam winners collect a whopping 2,000 with finalists collecting 1,200 and semi-finalists 720 each. Masters 1000 events see the winner walk away with, not surprisingly, 1,000 points, the 500 Series victor 500 points and the 250 Series, er, 250 points.

    What's the race to London?

    Ah, you see that does just tally up all the points won over a season and doesn't look into how players fared at a particular tournament from a year gone by. The top eight players will automatic qualify for the season ending ATP World Tour Finals which takes place at the O2 in London in November.

    Rafael Nadal currently tops this table with 6,915 points, Roger Federer is second with 4,045pts. Murray is back in seventh spot.

    What's Murray's lead in the world rankings?

    N ot a lot you won't be surprised to read. Murray heads the standings on 9,390 points with French Open champion Rafael Nadal breathing down his neck 2,105pts adrift. Stan Wawrinka, who also suffered a surprise first-round loss at Queen's yesterday is third 3,215pts behind.

    When could Murray lose his top ranking?

    D espite losing 500 ranking points with his shock defeat to the unheralded Thompson at Queen's Club, Murray is guaranteed to stay at the top of the standings for another three-and-a-half weeks. However, if he fails to deliver on a third Wimbledon title and thereby losing out on a chunk of last year's 2000 ranking points, Nadal will have an opportunity to close the gap on the world No 1 further when the standings are announced on Monday, July 17.

    N adal only has points to gain after missing last year's Wimbledon through injury. The Spaniard, who notched up La Decima at Roland Garros, withdrew from Queen's last week to rest his body.

    Who else could unseat Murray?

    W hile, fitness and form permitting, Nadal has a chance in the next few weeks to return as world No 1 for the first time since July 6, 2014, Wawrinka is another breathing down the neck of Murray.

    The Swiss No 1 would have to win Wimbledon for the first time coupled with an early exit from Murray. Wawrinka has never been past the quarter-finals of SW19 in 12 attempts but after suffering a second-round exit last time out could acquire plenty of points with a decent run.

    What about Djokovic and Federer?

    T he No 1 ranking is the last thing on Novak Djokovic's mind, such has been his bewildering past 12 months. The Serbian had been dithering over whether to take part in Eastbourne ahead of Wimbledon before agreeing to take part in the warm-up event on Wednesday morning. It’s the first time the former world No 1 has played a grass court event between Roland Garros and Wimbledon since 2010.

    Djokovic would have to win Wimbledon and hope the leading trio of Murray, Nadal and Wawrinka all fall in the opening rounds to stand a change of closing on the top spot. After that, though, he has plenty of hard-court points to defend after his run to last year's US Open final.

    F or renaissance man Roger Federer, meanwhile, the top spot will have to wait until later in the year. Federer, who has only played five events this year, can't dislodge Murray after Wimbledon and won't be able to climb any higher than No 3 in mid-July with a solid showing at his favourite slam. From there on, though, and will no other points to defend for the rest of the term, anything is possible.

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