I've accepted that Nadal isn't going to win this USO. The grieving process started in full in Miami when I can could no longer just deny that IW was a fluke. Then I got angry during Madrid and Rome. I guess I bargained a little and got Wimbey. Montreal and Cincy led to depression. Now I've accepted things as they are. I also had an epiphany one night when I was falling asleep and realized that from now on, in the big tournaments the minute Nadal gets knocked out, which will be becoming earlier and earlier, I will immediately send all my rooting energy towards Muzza. I will get my first chance to do this starting in the USO. I would be very surprised if Nadal makes to the quarters, and if he does Ferrer will make minced-meat of him. For years Ferrer has been a poor-man's Nadal; now he just possesses all the qualities that Nadal once had in spades but are now diminishing rapidly: a motor that just won't stop; spectacular defense, incredible concentration on each point, etc. Who will knock out Nadal in the first four rounds? Let's look at the draw. I just looked at it. Who knows? One would think he wouldn't struggle with any of those guys he could meet. Mahut? Youzhny? I'm guessing of a repeat of AO--lose to Ferrer in the quarters and Ferrer loses to Muzza in the semis.