Scott Gleeson U.S.A. TODAY
Released 7:26 AM EDT Sep 13, 2020
One huge takeaway from Sunday’s U.S. Open men’s last– prior to it even starts– will be how tennis fans have been ruined for this past decade-plus.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have had a stranglehold on the sport, having in fact claimed every Grand Slam title in the last 4 years. Stan Wawrinka’s U.S. Open upset of Djokovic in 2016 serves as the last time one of them didn’t win. Tennis’ Big 3 have actually stated 56 Grand Slams incorporated with Federer (20 ), Nadal (19) and Djokovic (17) all in the equation for greatest player of all-time.
However this year none of the sport’s juggernauts remain in the last at Flushing Meadows.The ending in between No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem and No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev will offer a first-time Grand Slam champion. It’s the extremely first time due to the fact that 2014 that the U.S. Open last will be held without Feder, Nadal or Djokovic, and a signaling to the future of tennis, even if uncommon situations led the way. Djokovic, the world No. 1, was on his approach to reaching the final and contending for his 18th Grand Slam prior to he was disqualified for unintentionally striking a linesperson in the throat with a ball in the round of 16. The 33-year-old was unbeaten in 2020 and his legacy maybe is taking the most considerable hit from the coronavirus cancellations and posts ponement. Djokovic is the most in-his-prime, while 39-year-old Federer (out rehabbing a knee injury) has been in the golden of his occupation for a while now. Nadal( 34 ), on the other hand, chose not to take a trip to New York for safety concerns and is back home training for the French Open– an occasion he’s won 12 times– as it was rescheduled for late September.” It’s the butterfly impact,” ESPN analyst Chris Fowler informed USA TODAY Sports of Djokovic’s disqualification versus
Pablo Carreño Busta.” One little flick of the wrist modified whatever because tournament since( Djokovic) was the favorite. Had he won the previous video game and set, he wins the match. Rather, that boiled over, and the chain of celebrations caused him striking a girl by millimeters. Then he does not get substantial title No. 18, and now he’s falling in the greatest of perpetuity debate.” So what about the new individuals? Thiem seems due for some hardware having played in 3 finals prior to (losing two French Opens to Nadal and a five-set last to Djokovic in January at the Australian Open). The 27-year-old Austrian has in fact the capability to be a brand-new face of tennis as Federer starts to go out. Thiem likewise owns wins over all of the Huge 3– albeit it hasn’t been on the big phase. That time might be coming, nevertheless. He’ll have to surpass Zverev, a 23-year-old German underdog who is thought of to be on the horizon as a future star of the sport. If it weren’t for the shadow the Big 3 have clouded over tennis, maybe he ‘d have risen to that star status already.Along with Greek standout Stefanos Tsitsipas, Thiem and Zverev– all in their 20s– are poised to rise up as Djokovic and Nadal age. The question for numerous years now has been when? When will Federer, Djokovic or Nadal begin to move
, paving the way for the next era?The U.S. Open this year was a special sporting occasion without any fans and a bubble format. Even though there was no Federer or Nadal and Djokovic had a bizarre disqualification, Sunday’s last will be symbolic in its foreshadowing of the future. A new age is bound to come ultimately, and the
two stars on center stage at Arthur Ashe Arena can be the ambassadors of that.” There will be no asterisk for this one,” Fowler said.” This will be a Grand Slam winner in spite of the conditions.” Launched 7:26 AM EDT Sep 13, 2020