NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal wants a U.S. Open title, of course. It is, after all, the only Grand Slam trophy he has yet to win.
Still, the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Nadal insists he is not consumed by thoughts of needing to leave Flushing Meadows with a championship two weeks from now.
"I hope I have another chance to play well here and to have the chance to win, but without obsession, no?" Nadal said. "I am more than happy (with) what I have at home, all the tournaments that I won. More than I dreamt five or six years ago."
Only 24 years old, Nadal already owns eight major titles, five at the French Open, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open. But he never has been past the semifinals at the U.S. Open, losing in that round each of the past two years.
"There's not much he's doing wrong," said five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer, who is seeded second for the tournament that starts today. "If you can make it to the semis, you can make it to the finals. That's pretty clear."
The rivals have played each other 21 times, including in seven Grand Slam finals, at least once at each of the other three major tournaments. But Nadal and Federer never have met at the U.S. Open and, if they do square off in New York this year, it will have to be in the final.
"Roger is always there," Nadal noted.
On the women's side, Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time and has no doubts about its merits.
"Pressure is when you're put on the spot and you don't feel like you belong there, don't think you deserve to be there," Wozniacki said. "I think I deserve to be where I am, and I think that I'm feeling comfortable there."
She is No. 2 in the WTA rankings, behind Serena Williams, who pulled out of the U.S. Open more than a week ago, citing surgery to repair cuts on her right foot.