The pic they use of Nadal is dreadful. If I was him I would now pull out, just on principle
The thing is, none of them know any more than any of us. They are probably reaching their conclusions based on Nadal winning Montreal and Cincy, which is fine, but it overlooks Andy's great record in the majors over the last year. Some of them might turn round and say that Andy's done that while Nadal has been out, but that would be patronising in the extreme. When since has beating Djokovic in majors been easy? Andy has now done it twice. Darren Cahill obviously knows his stuff!
I openly admit I'll be glad when Andy has a match or two out of the way. If he gets through those first few rounds relatively unscathed he has as much chance as anyone else, and more than most. Even if he does hit the odd bump in the road we know now Andy can fight and come through. He's done it before, he can do it again.
To my mind once Andy gets going, gets rid of any nerves, there is a chance we could start seeing the best of him at this USO. As Michelle said, and put it brilliantly, he's had to play under such pressure, such weight of expectation. Now he's dealt with that and 'just' has the pressure from within to handle, and he's shown that he can do that.
I know some within tennis will suggest it will now come down to how much he wants it, now he has acheived winning his first major and winning Wimbledon, and whether he is content or not to settle for that. Seriously though, does Andy look like the type to settle for anything? If he was he would have accepted that it was his lot in life to never win majors.
The way I see it is quite simple. Let people regard Nadal as the favourite. He can have the pressure of that. That will free Andy up to play his tennis in peace.