The Arthur Ashe was ready for the party. The guests knew it could be a historic day, the epicenter of which was whether Novak Djokovic was going to be able to lift his 21st Grand Slam title. However, a player who did not have the same plans appeared: Daniil Medvedev, who beat him 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4 in the final of the tournament. Indeed, the Serbian was equaled at the top of trophies obtained from majors along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Meanwhile, the Russian joined the list of champions and the fight to be the maximum winner of Slams will go to 2022. With the hangover of everything lived in the US Open 2021 still very present, it is impossible not to look to the future with overwhelming enthusiasm for what could happen in just four months. On January 17, the Australian Open 2022 will start, a tournament in which the unprecedented situation of seeing the Big 3 competing in full could occur, all of them being equaled in Grand Slam titles won. Everything will depend on the evolution that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have of their injuries, but tennis lovers lick themselves at the option of seeing the Spanish and the Swiss reappear in an event in which Novak Djokovic would also try to unbalance the balance.
Dominic Thiem reflects on the Big 3
Speaking to Stats Perform in a recent interview, Dominic Thiem said that Novak Djokovic had been under immense pressure ever since winning Roland Garros. According to the Austrian, the weight of expectations finally got to Djokovic in the US Open final. “I think after he won in Roland Garros, everybody was only talking about the calendar slam – first about the golden slam, and then about the calendar slam,” Thiem said. “He was under pressure. Nobody can feel that or anything like that because of it being the calendar slam. And at some points it’s just getting to you.” During the conversation with Stats Perform, Thiem also weighed in on the never-ending GOAT debate involving Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The Austrian refused to single out a particular name, pointing out instead that each of the trio had a claim to the GOAT title. “For me, there are three GOATs in the game, and each of them has achieved something very unique,” Thiem said. “So it’s still the same for me as it was before. The three of them are the best in the history to me. And I’m only super happy to be in the same era with them and to be able to compete with them. Hopefully many more times next year again,” he added.