US Open 2022: Djokovic socializes number one with his absences: five tennis players aspire to the ATP title at the US Open

US Open 2022: Djokovic socializes number one with his absences: five tennis players aspire to the ATP title at the US Open

Eon February 28, when Daniil Medvedev took over from Novak Djokovic as head of men’s tennis, the Serbian’s more than two consecutive years of dominance came to an end. Accumulate a record 373 weeks at the top of tennis.

Djokovic, affected by his absence from tournaments for lack of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, has socialized the condition of world number one. Nobody has the consistency of the Balkans, but this year he missed two Grand Slams and four Masters.

And at Wimbledon, no points were on the line due to the organization’s boycott of Russian and Belarusian players.. In this situation, without Nole in competition, up to five players have mathematical options to leave the US Open (August 29 to September 11) with the ATP title.

Medvedev, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are counting on them to take the top spot in the rankings. That’s the double prize they would win if they achieved the title on the tracks of Flushing Meadows. Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud must at least reach the final and wait for further results. On Monday, with the points from 2021 subtracted, Nadal, absent from the contest since 2019, will begin his journey at the US Open as a virtual leader with an income of 745 points compared to Medvedev.

The Manaco man, who will make his night session debut on Tuesday with Australian guest Rinky Hijikata (198), is the favorite to establish himself as number one in the city of skyscrapers.

And it is that the eighth could be worth it as long as none of the other four pretenders to the throne reach the final.Despite missing the last major in the last two editions, Rafa arrives in form at 36 year. years and after leaving behind the abdominal tear at Wimbledon, which conditioned his participation in the previous tournament in Cincinnati. He caved in the premiere with later champion Borna Coric.

“I took it in a relaxed way, without putting much effort into the moment of service. It’s a dangerous zone and I have what I have. I hope I have enough tools to be competitive”, he said.

Nadal, four-time winner in the Big Apple, yearns for a fifth injury that would further push the debate over who the racket’s GOAT is.

The Spaniard admits to feeling “the absence of Djokovic, but tennis and sport are above any player”. Both they will meet again as teammates at the fifth edition of the Laver Cup, which will be held at the O2 in London from September 23 to 25. As rivals, they should not meet before Paris-Bercy.

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