Fierce race of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic (Part 1)
Victory in the US Open 2019 brings Nadal close to Federer’s Grand Slam record, but the duo between Djokovic and Djokovic has not ended.
At some point in the future, Rafael Nadal and the other two “Big 3” rivals will not be able to win the Grand Slam. Someone younger, like Daniil Medvedev, will show up and make a subversion of top tennis.
But Nadal’s victory at Flushing Meadows on September 8 shows that it will not happen soon. Over the past half decade, many candidates have appeared in the role of successor to “Big 3”. Before Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev or Nick Kyrgios were mentioned. But all were powerless to break the dominance that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic created, amid Andy Murray’s absence due to injury.
The “Big 3” has won 51 of the 59 recent Grand Slam titles, including the last 12 consecutive times. The four biggest events of men’s tennis have not been able to find a new championship since Marin Cilic was crowned in the US Open 2014. This is in contrast to the women’s tournaments, which saw seven new champions. the enemy in the last 11 tournaments.
Bianca Andreescu, born in 2000, has just become the youngest female player to win the Grand Slam in 13 years. While up to now, no 9x male tennis player has done the same thing. This year’s US Open semi-finals have two players born in 1996, Medvedev and Berrettini.
“I believe we have tried our best to make the transition,” Medvedev said after his defeat to Nadal. “But it was very difficult because they still played unbelievable tennis. I don’t know what else to say. It’s too hard to stop them. Even winning a set to win against them is very difficult. We have to play at peak performance and wait and see what happens.”
In a tournament where both Federer and Djokovic had to stop the game early because of various issues, Nadal replaced them with a strong message to their juniors. The Spanish tennis player became the first in an open era to win five Grand Slam titles after the age of 30.