Newly-crowned champions Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek led a altering of the guard on the US Open because the transition from the “Big Three” period and Serena Williams gathered tempo. The exiled Novak Djokovic, prevented from competing in New York on account of US authorities vaccination mandates for guests from abroad, could but return so as to add to his assortment of 21 Grand Slam titles subsequent yr.
But the continued absence from males’s tennis of the 41-year-old Roger Federer and the fourth spherical exit of 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal present additional proof that the trio’s period of domination is drawing to a detailed.
The ladies’s recreation is already confronting the departure of an icon, with the 40-year-old Serena Williams heading into retirement following an emotional farewell in New York.
Williams’ exit within the third spherical, and Nadal’s last-16 defeat, meant that for the primary time since 2003 at a Grand Slam occasion, the quarter-finals of the ladies’s and males’s attracts didn’t function at the least certainly one of Williams, Nadal, Djokovic or Federer.
“It definitely shows that there’s a changing of the guard going on, and obviously some of it has to do with age – for Roger Federer,” Swedish nice Mats Wilander advised the Eurosport tv community.
“Some of it has to do with Rafa not playing enough matches to be ready, and of course, a lot of it has to do with the fact Novak Djokovic wasn’t allowed to come because he’s not vaccinated.
“But on the identical time, the depth within the males’s recreation is unbelievable.”
Adding weight to that view is the fact that the men’s draw saw four new faces in the semi-finals, with debutants Frances Tiafoe and Karen Khachanov joining eventual finalists Alcaraz and Casper Ruud.
– ‘We are the present’ –
The 19-year-old Alcaraz is not quite ready to call time on Nadal, Djokovic and Federer just yet, but acknowledges that a generational shift is well and truly under way.
“As lengthy as Rafa, Djokovic, Federer are there, they would be the greatest and the rivalry they’ve between them will all the time come first,” said the Spaniard after his five-hour 15-minute quarter-final epic with Jannik Sinner.
“But Jannik and I’ve proven that we’re the current and we even have lengthy careers forward of us,” added Alcaraz, whose title made him the youngest world number one in history.
Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero cautioned against expecting Alcaraz to emulate the Grand Slam achievements of the Big Three.
“I feel it should be very, very tough to attain what they’ve accomplished in tennis,” Ferrero said. “We’re speaking about 22 Grand Slams. He has just one.
“But who knows? I think he has all the tennis and potential to be one of the best.”
Rising American star Tiafoe believes the depth within the males’s recreation would forestall one or two gamers from dominating the publish Big-Three panorama.
“It’s cool to see a new era,” Tiafoe stated.
“I don’t think it will be a big three. It will be like a big 12. There’s a bunch of guys playing great tennis.”
In ladies’s tennis, in the meantime, newly-minted US Open champion Swiatek seems greater than able to filling the emptiness created by the retirements of each Williams and Ashleigh Barty, the previous world primary who surprised the game by retiring in March at simply 25.
The 21-year-old Pole’s straight units victory over Ons Jabeur in Saturday’s remaining was her third profession Grand Slam, and her first on a floor aside from the pink clay of Roland Garros, the place she gained in 2020 and 2022.
Swiatek’s season has included seven event victories, in addition to a outstanding 37-match profitable streak.
Swiatek, most snug on clay, stated her victory in New York on onerous courtroom might grow to be a psychological watershed for her profession, saying the “sky is the limit.”
“At the beginning of the season I realized that maybe I can have some good results on WTA events,” she stated. “I also made it to semi-final of the Australian Open.
“But I wasn’t certain if I used to be on the extent but to win really a Grand Slam, particularly on the US Open the place the floor is so quick.
“It’s something that I wasn’t expecting for sure. It’s also like a confirmation for me that the sky is the limit.”
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