Daniil Medvedev’s victory at the US Open creates a slew of challenges for Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.
In the US Open final, Daniil Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic all want to be remembered as the greatest tennis players of all time, but Daniil Medvedev has thrown a wrench in their plans. On Sunday night, the Russian defeated world No. 1 Djokovic in the US Open final, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Djokovic entered the match as the clear favorite, seeking his 21st Grand Slam title.
The 34-year-old is anxious to break his tie with Federer and Nadal for the most wins in a single season.
Because his two main competitors were unable to compete due to injury, Djokovic had a golden opportunity to solidify his status as the greatest of all time at this year’s US Open.
Following victories in Melbourne, Paris, and London this season, Djokovic was attempting to win the Calander Slam.
On Arthur Ashe Stadium, though, he appeared to be a shadow of himself and was tormented, eventually retiring with a whimper.
Medvedev sprang to attention last year and, after a year of fighting at the top of his game, appears to be the whole package.
That will serve as a stark message to the ‘Big Three,’ indicating that they may never receive a solution to their GOAT dispute.
If Medvedev maintains his current form, the debate over who is the best men’s player of all time might last an eternity.
Annabel Croft told Express Sport ahead of the US Open that it had previously been predicted that Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic would end up with the same number of Slams.
“I always remember Virginia Wade saying to me many years ago, ‘I think they’re all going to end up on the same,’ and she said that to me about five years ago, so maybe she’s right,’” Croft remarked.
Wade’s assertion is no longer so far-fetched.
Not only has Mevedev insured that fans will have to wait until 2022 to see if Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic can get ahead of one another, but he has also cast doubt on their ability to win another major title.
Medvedev now has a hunger for victory on the grandest stage of them all, and he appears to be improving all the time.
There are no flaws in Djokovic’s game, as Djokovic discovered the hard way.
Next year, keep an eye out for Federer and Nadal, who could be the next big thing. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”