Would You Feel A Sense of Loss if Medvedev and Zverev Never Met In A Slam?

Lozo1016

Hall of Fame
If Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev win their respective QF matches today, then they'll meet in the US Open Semifinal.

In my opinion, Medvedev and Zverev are the 2 best players of their generation (let's say, guys older than Sinner but younger than Thiem). You could argue that Tsitsipas is better than Zverev since he has been to 2 slam finals to Zverev's 1, but Zverev's overall resume is more impressive than Stef's.

Zverev is the opponent Medvedev has faced the most in his career, while Medvedev is the opponent Zverev has faced the most in his career. They have met 16 times (so far), with Medvedev owning a 9-7 edge. 9 of their matches have been in Masters and 4 of their matches have been in Tour Finals. These two have met in a Shanghai final, a Paris final, and a YEC final. They've played more times than Borg-McEnroe or Henin-S. Williams.

Given that history, wouldn't be weird if these two never met in a slam? How often does it happen that the 2 best players of a given generation never meet in a slam? I'd like to see them match up in a Slam QF, SF, or F at some point as a historical landmark of the era of tennis we have been watching for the past 6-7 years.

As admirers of tennis history, wouldn't you feel a sense of loss if this matchup never happened with a Slam on the line?
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
If Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev win their respective QF matches today, then they'll meet in the US Open Semifinal.

In my opinion, Medvedev and Zverev are the 2 best players of their generation (let's say, guys older than Sinner but younger than Thiem). You could argue that Tsitsipas is better than Zverev since he has been to 2 slam finals to Zverev's 1, but Zverev's overall resume is more impressive than Stef's.

Zverev is the opponent Medvedev has faced the most in his career, while Medvedev is the opponent Zverev has faced the most in his career. They have met 16 times (so far), with Medvedev owning a 9-7 edge. 9 of their matches have been in Masters and 4 of their matches have been in Tour Finals. These two have met in a Shanghai final, a Paris final, and a YEC final. They've played more times than Borg-McEnroe or Henin-S. Williams.

Given that history, wouldn't be weird if these two never met in a slam? How often does it happen that the 2 best players of a given generation never meet in a slam? I'd like to see them match up in a Slam QF, SF, or F at some point as a historical landmark of the era of tennis we have been watching for the past 6-7 years.

As admirers of tennis history, wouldn't you feel a sense of loss if this matchup never happened with a Slam on the line?

Djokovic, is that you?
trying to avoid Alcaraz vibe, eh? ;)
 

Carax

Hall of Fame
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platypus50

Semi-Pro
No, I don't enjoy watching their matches.

Come on Alcaraz, do your duty and knock out the arrogant brat in the QF and then take out the world #3 in the SF
 

Blade0324

Hall of Fame
No it wouldn’t make any difference to me I’m not a fan of either and think they are both kinda babies with their attitudes.
 

The Sinner

Semi-Pro
Albeit Medv has had the upper hand in their rivalry since 2021, going 5-1, I sense Zverev is taking this SF to meet ‘you-know-who’ in the F.
 

Djokodalerer31

Hall of Fame
The matchup we've all been craving for.

It's really and i mean really weird with how circumstances aligned this didn't happen way way sooner...i mean like they both are playing on high level for how long now 6-7 years or something? And yet with how things were with the rankings and how both were relatively consistent at reaching later stages of slams (not necessary the final) you would have sworn they should've played at least couple of times already...
 

mahatma

Hall of Fame
Weird but I think it was mostly because Zverev couldn’t reach later part of slams while Medvedev could. But now we have their first meeting in slams.
 
This is the matchup we don’t really need but deserve. Trollfest 2024. The two biggest heels in men’s tennis.

The only way this matchup could get more toxic is if Kyrgios was chair umpiring. We may still get Kyrgios involvement with a limp lettuce leaf interview afterwards.

In all seriousness, the potential is there for this to be an absolute powderkeg of a match.

1000000% barracking for Medvedev to take it.
 

ChrisJR3264

Hall of Fame
This is the matchup we don’t really need but deserve. Trollfest 2024. The two biggest heels in men’s tennis.

The only way this matchup could get more toxic is if Kyrgios was chair umpiring. We may still get Kyrgios involvement with a limp lettuce leaf interview afterwards.

In all seriousness, the potential is there for this to be an absolute powderkeg of a match.

1000000% barracking for Medvedev to take it.
Med looked cooked the other night. I mean he bounced back from his round 2 match to smoke Felix in round 3.
Sasha is playing quite well. But he usually folds to med in the mental.
We’ll see.
 
Med looked cooked the other night. I mean he bounced back from his round 2 match to smoke Felix in round 3.
Sasha is playing quite well. But he usually folds to med in the mental.
We’ll see.
It’ll be very interesting to see how it plays out. I would be really concerned if Zverev were to win because I just don’t trust him mentally in a major final. But he can absolutely win the SF for sure.
 

ChrisJR3264

Hall of Fame
It’ll be very interesting to see how it plays out. I would be really concerned if Zverev were to win because I just don’t trust him mentally in a major final. But he can absolutely win the SF for sure.
I am no zverev fan.
I would rather see Stefanos win a slam over zverev

Realistically the talent is there. But mentally - no.
His advantage is medvedev looks kinda drained.
Players who’ve been on court in AO til 4-430 am normally don’t win the whole thing. Med looked fine against Felix. He’s got some bandages on the abdomen. Who knows q what it is? Court time in Australia wears you down.

Going to be tight.
 

aldeayeah

G.O.A.T.
It turned out to be a much better match than expected, with the shifting tactics and all. Only the 1st set was the pushfest I feared.

Sure, Zed fell apart near the end, but he made Med work A LOT to get to that point.
 
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