US Open: Nadal and the next generation of change

Status: 09/06/2022 11:52

After retiring from the US Open, Rafael Nadal needs to concentrate on private issues first. Again, the idea of generational change in males’s tennis is making the rounds.

Rafael Nadal needed to go residence. “I’ve extra vital issues to concentrate on than tennis”he stated Big helmet– Record champion, as his title mission USA is open failed. Now the solely vital factor is the beginning of their first baby, who shall be born at the finish of October. Nadal is bye indefinitely Central Courts.

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“I do not know what my schedule shall be proper now.”, – stated 36-year-old Mallorkin. He left it open when he returned to the professional tour: “If I really feel like I’m able to compete, I’ll be there.”

An spectacular streak is over

The United States’ 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 loss to Frances Tiafoe ended her spectacular streak of 22 Grand Slam matches this 12 months. The left-hander received titles in Melbourne and Paris and missed his semi-final match at Wimbledon resulting from an stomach muscle damage. At the finish of the Grand Slam 12 months, he nonetheless has 22 main titles, forward of Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (21) and Switzerland’s Roger Federer (20).

The trade of generations is changing into extra and extra apparent, as evidenced by stunning statistics. At the US Open, for the first time since 2003, Nadal, Djokovic, Federer or Serena Williams have failed to succeed in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam match. For the third time in a row, none of the “Big Three” will win the US Open. Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev received in 2020 and 2021.

Roode or Alcaraz as primary?

This generational change can be seen in the world rating. After Medvedev misplaced in the spherical of 16, it’s clear that there shall be a change at the high. Nadal nonetheless hopes to get the higher of the veteran with Norway’s Kasper Ruud and Nadal’s compatriot Carlos Alcaraz assembly in the closing in New York. “This is the circle and actuality of life.” Like Nadal.

Of course, he is aware of that accidents enhance with age, that regeneration takes longer, and that younger stars like Alcaraz or Ruud are enhancing. In tennis you must “Being too quick and too younger – and that is not me now”– stated a 36-year-old man with a sarcastic smile.

Tiafoe sees the victory as a lifetime reminiscence

A post-match assertion from his opponent Francis Tiafoe, additionally one of his crown princes, exhibits how a lot the youthful generation nonetheless respects him: “Now I can inform my youngsters and grandchildren: Yes, I beat Rafa”stated the American.


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