7 highlights of the US Open 2019 (Part 2)
The future is wide open for Medvedev. Reaching four finals including Citi Open, Rogers Cup, Cincinnati Masters and the US Open, Daniil Medvedev is the most impressive player in the hard court season in North America this summer. The final at Arthur Ashe against Rafael Nadal proved once again that he was capable of reaching a new level in his career, something that his contemporaries had not done.
The “Big 3” group, including Nadal, Federer and Djokovic, has won 12 Grand Slams in a row. Of their defeat in the finals, Medvedev is the one who makes the most emotions and is closer to an overthrow. Leaving rackets in front of Nadal after five hours is a big disappointment, but also a valuable lesson for a 23-year-old player. If the momentum continues to improve, like the nine-final circuit in the last 12 months, Medvedev will have many opportunities to compete with “Big 3” in the next tournament.
The anxiety of the dream match Nadal – Federer at Flushing Meadows. During their illustrious careers, Nadal and Federer have never met in the US Open. This time, the “error” belongs to Federer – who stopped in the quarterfinals before Dimitrov. Federer has won the US Open five times, more than anyone currently holding a racket. But the Swiss “Express Train” has not won the title for 11 years and has not reached the final since 2015.
At the age of 38, with wounds that can appear at any time, the opportunity for Federer to create a heroic fight with Nadal is closing. “It has never happened and it will never happen,” said legend John McEnroe, pessimizing the possibility of Federer and Nadal meeting in the US Open in the future.
The meager sentiments of the American audience for Novak Djokovic. Growing up in a bombshell in Serbia with only seven million people, winning 16 Grand Slams and entering the tournament as the number one seed, Djokovic is still not loved by the Americans the way they are for Nadal and Federer. On the way out of the field due to injury against Wawrinka in round 4, Nole suffered many boos.
When there was no sign of injury, Nadal was still the most sought-after hunter in the felt ball village. Four more months, he stood before the opportunity to play with Federer 20 Grand Slam when the Australian Open kicked off.