Rafa's biggest challenge

Updated: August 22, 2007, 5:24 PM ET
By James Martin, TENNIS.com

With the U.S. Open just days away, most fans will be hoping for the first-ever showdown between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the championship match. It hasn't happened yet, not even close. Fed's held up his end of the bargain, winning the last three Opens. Nadal? Let's just say New York hasn't been kind to him. His best showing was the quarterfinals last year, when he lost to an inspired Mikhail Youzhny.

Nadal is one of those rare European and South American baseline grinders who ...

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