Everything at stake at US Open 2022
The countdown is coming to an end and the U.S. Open takes all the main role in its edition Nº142 to close the tournaments of Grand Slamwhere there is still a lot to do.
After mastering the Australian Open and Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal (3rd) wants to increase his complete dominance in men’s tennis and increase his number of Majors at 23, tying the historic Serena Williams, which could also be in the presence of his last big tournament in the Big Apple after the announcements he made of his retirement.
In case the manacorí dominates the North American Grand Slamwould return to the top of the world rankings, a place he was only able to occupy in January 2020. And as if that weren’t enough, he was able to end the year without losing a match in the tournaments of this category: 19-0 so far and without counting his abandonment in front of Nick Kyrgios (26º) where he did not show up to play.
However, he is not the only one who can hold this position. Daniil Medvedev (1st), Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th), Carlos Alcaraz (4th) and Casper Ruud (7th) are the other names that have the chance to dominate the men’s rankings.
First, the Russian who, despite being at the top, must defend the title won in 2021 so as not to fall and give up the position. In addition he may be the first tennis player since Roger Federer in 2008 to repeat the championship. At that time, the Swiss had dominated the US Open five times in a row, until in 2009 Juan Martín Del Potro stopped him.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud are in a similar situation: To become No. 1, they must be crowned champions against a rival other than Nadal. That’s because the 22-time GS Tournament Champion doesn’t defend tournament points, so everything he earns adds up.
Another case where one of them can debut at the top of the world rankings is if they lose the final against a player who has no chance of reaching the top of the ATP rankings and if Nadal doesn’t does not reach the semi-finals in the case of Tsitsipas and if not, he reaches the quarter-finals in favor of Alcaraz and Ruud.
In the particular case of the pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero, if he became the new US Open champion, He would become the youngest number one in tennis history at 19, surpassing the legendary Lleyton Hewitt, who held that mark when he did so at just 20 years and eight months old.
As all eyes are on the city that never sleeps, Novak Djokovic (6th) faces the possibility of being out of the Top 10. Its absence due to the lack of vaccines against Covid-19 prevented him from participating in the last Major of the year, so if a series of results is given, It would be the first time since August 2018 that the Serbian hasn’t been among the best in the world.