EThe Big Three of the racket, say Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, had distributed 56 of the last 65 Grand Slam titles, including 17 of the last 18.
Dominic Thiem had slipped into that dominance streak, with his victory in the 2020 US Open taking advantage of the fact that Nadal and Federer did not attend the appointment and Nole was disqualified in his round of 16 match against Pablo Carreo for giving a fortuitous blow to a judge. line.
Thiem beat Alexander Zverev in the final after coming back two sets. Daniil Medvedev is the first member of the Next Gen who can boast of having stolen a Grand Slam from what are probably the three best players in history.
The Russian defeated Djokovic by a triple 6-4 early Sunday. The fans who filled the stands of the Arthur Ashe center, and the fans who followed the final through the small screen, were dismayed by the tears of the Serbian before facing the final game of the match.
The 20 grand champion gave free rein to his emotions when he was already lost. Only he knows the pressure he has had to endure since winning the sixth time on the grass at Wimbledon on 11 July.
Since then, he had to listen to questions about the Golden Slam, which later became about winning the big four in the same year. Djokovic failed in the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics against Alexander Zverev and did it again with Medvedev, two of the young people called to end the tyranny of Nadal, Federer and Novak himself at the head of the circuit.
“I have learned to overcome these types of defeats, the ones that hurt the most. Try to be stronger next time and learn the lesson. It is inevitable that one day the relay will come, but I want to win more Grand Slam and play for my country. what motivates me “, confessed the finalist. Medvedev, his executioner, is 1,353 points behind the Serbian in the ranking.
However, this campaign is ruled out to fight for the ATP title because of how much it defends: “The number one is not now a goal, if I am one day, great.”
While Djokovic’s schedule is unknown – taking a long break – his presence at the next Australian Open 2022 (January 17-30) is certain.
Less clear is the participation of Nadal and Federer, convalescing from the foot and knee, respectively. Add in the fact that Tennis Australia wants the players to be in the country before the end of the year. Less margin of recovery for Rafa and Roger. The passage of time does not even forgive the Big Three.