True. If it wasnt for Djokovic i wouldnt even be really interested in upcoming US Open. No Nadal, no Thiem, no FedererNot unexpected considering everything.
Let's be honest, you don't have to like Nadal but his presence on tour is missed this year in the USO series. Dude used to play some great tennis in that part of the year.
He said more or less the same in the Spanish version
For the next 2-3 years it’s Djokovic against the next gen like Meddy, Zverev and tsitsipas. I’m confident Novak can get at least 2 more slams before these guys take over. Us open is a great position for Novak to be in. He either gets the slam record and CYGS and becomes ultimate GOAT or he stays on 20 but isn’t damaged as a next gen player will win as no Fedal present. Djoko will have big chances in 2022 to get the slam record even if he comes up short in this us open. It would be nice to see him add another open though but Australia and Wimbledon are always his best chances.We should be prepared from now on to watch Djokovic vs the next gen unfold at every slam.
The US open withdrawal was obviously coming but I wonder if the foot injury is that bad that Rafa simply can't risk playing any more tournaments this year, or if he and his team decided it's just better to put all effort into preparing for the next season.
Hopefully the issue isn't chronic. And, at least, it doesn't require surgery.
Never count Djokovic out but I agree it’s close to call. Out of Djokovic, Medvedev and Zverev it’s very close who’s the favourite. As a Novak fan I’m hoping Zverev goes in Meddy’s half. I think tsitsipas is easier for Novak to deal with on hard courts but the other 2 will be tough.
I bet you will watch Zverev and Meddy though as they the best chances you got to upset Djokovic right now. They both in form. As a Novak fan I hope he avoids Zverev and gets tsitsipas in his side at us open.Get well soon, Rafa. I'd rather watch you at the business end of slams than the Next Gen.
I will watch because it's the last stages of a slam. But I know they won't win and aren't fun to watch.I bet you will watch Zverev and Meddy though as they the best chances you got to upset Djokovic right now. They both in form. As a Novak fan I hope he avoids Zverev and gets tsitsipas in his side at us open.
If us open 2021 is the last slam win for Novak and the big 3 it would be a cool way for Novak to seal the GOAT debate with record no21 and CYGS haha. On a serious note I feel the next gen like Zverev, Meddy and tsitsipas are close to a breakthrough. I think in the next 2-3 years Novak can hang with them and still maybe pinch some slams before they fully take over but we will see. At this rate 1-2 more slams might be all Novak needs with the state Fed and Rafa are in now.Yo geriatrics are dropping like flies. Novak better defend the Big 3's reputation for some time longer as the last one standing amirite...
I might binge watch some of his best highlights now that we won't see him in action for a while. Get well soon Rafa.
Maybe I'm wrong? Nadal is defending like 3000 points the rest of the way so ending the season here still leaves him around 4000?Oh, okay. I thought it would be a bigger drop for some reason. Earning more points would be better but I agree with your point.
Exactly right. Fedal fans having a go at next gen but they in far better shape to challenge Djokovic on hard courts than what Nadal, Federer or other old 30 year olds past their prime players are. Medvedev, Zverev and tsitsipas are all threats to Novak at us open especially the former two. Some fans like to live in the past too much.'Next gen mugs' are a far bigger threat to Djokovic on hard than Nadal is at this stage, injured or not.