U.S. Open 2011: Men's Draw Preview

08/29/2011 09:51 pm ET | Updated Oct 29, 2011

Rafael Nadal is seeking his third Grand Slam in five tries, and while he looks to defend his U.S. Open title, the emergence of Novak Djokovic has become a real problem for the Spaniard. Nadal has even admitted that Djokovic (who has beaten him five straight times), has gotten into his head.

"The Djoker" -- who has twice reached the U.S. Open Final -- has played historically good tennis in 2011. The World No. 1 is 57-2 on the season and is coming off his first Wimbledon title, where he earned a decisive victory over Roger Federer.

Fed, for his part, has looked almost ordinary throughout 2011. He hasn't won a tournament since January, and even more disconcerting for the 30-year-old, he hasn't won a Slam in six tries. That's an eternity for the tour's all-time leader, who has 16 Grand Slam titles to his name.

2011 U.S. Open Men's Preview

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