"It's annoying to see these same guys win all the time." He is easy to understand Stefanos Tsitsipas. Before Wimbledon last July, the Greek confided to the Daily Mail his irritation, tinged with respect, about the hegemony of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. It must be said that since his debut in Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, the eighth world player has only experienced victories of these three men, eleven consecutives in a row. A series in progress for thirty-something who scoop up everything and outclass everyone. Witness the hallucinating figures of their domination for sixteen years.
At the US Open, which begins this Monday, the three ogres advance, once again, as the favorites. Especially since Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have a common goal: the record of major tournaments won. "It has undoubtedly become one of my ambitions, one of my goals," said the Serb, defending champion. Federer leads the dance with 20 trophies. But all are in a handkerchief: 18 for Nadal (33) and 16 for Djokovic (32). Especially the last two are much younger than the Swiss and his 38 years.
Medvedev, main threat?
Their quest for posterity will be further challenged by competition in New York. This one has not managed for over two years to bring down the three idols. "We are also responsible for it, we the new generation," admitted Stefanos Tsitsipas. Currently, no player under 30 has a Grand Slam title to his name. But the longer a series advances, the closer it comes to an end. At Flushing Meadows, the contenders will be numerous. And in the first place Daniil Medvedev.
The Russian is coming off an excellent preparation with a win at the Cincinnati Masters 1000, where he beat Djokovic, and two finals on hard. He is also the one who has won the most games this year, with 44 wins. Current world fifth, his best ranking, the 23-year-old will play on his favorite surface. But his career will be full of pitfalls with a possible quarter-final against the Serbian, before potentially challenging the Swiss in half, to finally finish on a possible final against the Spaniard. Another unknown, the Russian has never spent the round of 16 in major tournament.
Thierm, in the good part of the painting
Dominic Thiem, fourth in the world and top ranked hunter, will also have a chance. The 25-year-old Austrian has fallen into the "good" part of the table, the one with only one member of the famous trio. Rafael Nadal could be his opponent in the semifinal, he who beat twice in the final of Roland Garros.
In the Next Generation, Alexander Zverev (22, 6th), Stefanos Tsitsipas (21, 8th) and Karen Khachanov (23, 9th) will be expected. "They (Federer, Djokovic and Nadal) are always the best, they win titles and they are better than us, the youngest. We have to find a way to win these kinds of games, "said the German, who has been losing momentum lately. Finally, Kei Nishikori, at 29, will try again to bend the three cadors. The Japanese (No. 7 worldwide) had already reached the final of the US Open, in 2014. But without beating a member of the magic trio.