None of Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will take part in the upcoming US Open. Sixty-three slam trophies to be shared since 1999, the year in which, right on the concrete of Flushing Meadows, the American tennis player began a series of successes that would lead her to dominate the women’s circuit for the following years, just as the Swiss debuted in the slam circuit in Melbourne. In short, many of those who today find themselves playing against these legends, were not yet born the last time that none of the three took part in a Grand Slam draw. In fact, to find a similar event you have to go back to 1997, without moving much geographically: that year’s US Open was the last slam with no one between Roger, Serena and Rafa. It is not yet known that the end of an era has come. Three forfeits due to injury, of course, can be the signal that the only unbeatable opponent, even for them 3, is time. A slow and inexorable flow that places everyone in front of the truth: the era in which London and Paris had their certain Kings, as well as the whole female circuit, is ending.
Barbara Schett on the Big 3
Former World No. 7 Barbara Schett believes Novak Djokovic will go down as the best male player in the history of the sport. The Austrian also reckons Roger Federer will not win another Major, while Rafael Nadal might struggle when he returns in 2022. “I think he will finish as the best in history, Schett was quoted as by the Punto de Break website. “Whether you like him or not, it doesn’t matter. If he wins this tournament, he will be the one with the most Grand Slams. I don’t think Federer will win another one. We would be content to see him play again and with Rafa, things are not getting easy either.” Schett believes the youngsters, all aged 25-and-under, can deal some damage over the next fortnight at the US Open. “In order, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Berrettini,” Schett responded when asked to name her favorites for the men’s title after Djokovic. (Andrey) Rublev is also playing well. I think it will be an exciting tournament. In the last Slams, we’ve already seen Novak deal with the young guys. He handles pressure very well. It’s obvious that during these two weeks he will feel it again, if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be human, but he can achieve the four Majors in the same year. It’s a matter of seeing how he handles all that. It will be interesting to watch.”