As the US Open draws near, Rafael Nadal seems to be having the best time in his career as he won back-to-back masters series.
The French Open champion who generally is fagged out during this time of the season may have to thank his first round Wimbledon exit for his wins so far on the hard court.
The win on Sunday saw Nadal rise to World No2 in the ATP rankings released on Monday behind World No1 Novak Djokovic.
Defending US Open champion Andy Murray had a bad run up to the hard court season as he has lost early in both pre-season tournaments.
Roger Federer too has slumped to World No7 in the rankings as he seeks his first Grand Slam title this year.
Nadal, the new World No2's awesome performance has made him a hot favourite for the title heading into the US Open.
With a 15 match unbeaten record on hard court, Nadal looks set to do an encore of 2010 when he first won the title at Flushing Meadows.