US Open, the Grand Slam of surprises

US Open, the Grand Slam of surprises

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic marked a golden era in the history of tennis. Above all, because of his great domination in Grand Slams: since the Swiss’s first title, the Big Three have conquered 63 Majors and, today, they are the big winners of Wimbledon, Roland Garros and the Australian Open, respectively. However, despite their large numbers at the US Open, there was room for several hits from different players, which entered the books thanks to the New York conquest.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), the cathedral of tennis, saw Federer champion for the first time in 2003. It began to take shape the feat of the Big Three. Her Majesty won eight trophies in London, Djokovic 7 and Nadal 2. Only 19 years old Andy Murray“the fourth in discord”, was able to sneak into his field: he was crowned in 2013 (he beat the Serb in the final) and 2016.

Without a doubtbeating Nadal at Roland Garros is one of the biggest challenges in sport; this only happened three times (twice Djokovic and once Robin Soderling. In 2005, the hegemony of La Fiera began in the Bois De Boulgone, a year after the Coria-Gaudio final, which to date has 14 tracks. Nole won it twice and Federer once. Outside of the Big Three, the initiate was Stan Wawrinka in (one of the seasons when the Serb beat the Spaniard, but then lost the final).

Far from the lights so that they generate Wimbledon and Roland Garrosthe Grand Slam with the most prestige and history, Djokovic has created his forte in the Australian Open. Nine titles position it as the most titled cement Melbourne, which was once grass. Since its award-winning debut in 2008, Federer has won it three times (2010, 2017, 2018) and Nadal twice (2009 and 2022). It is to highlight that His Majesty already had three titles before the “Djokovic era” (2004, 2006, 2007).

At the US Open is there a marked hegemony of one of the three? No. Consecrations are much more distributed. Federer has 5, in what can be described as a small “Epoque” because they succeeded each other (from 2003 to 2008), Nadal 4 (2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019) and Djokovic 3 (2011, 2015 and 2018). “Only” 12 Big Three titles in 18 editions. The fourth Grand Slam of the year is the most open.

The only non-European Grand Slam champion of the last 71 major tournaments was none other than Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2009 US Open, who not only made history for the title itself, but also for ending Federer’s five-title streak he didn’t most won in the Big Apple. The Tower of Tandil -executioner of Nadal in the semi-finals- He showed a glimmer of hope to the rest of the tour and since then there have been several surprise champions in New York. And almost always with a win against one of the Big Three.

After del Potro, the first was Murray in 2012: the Briton beaten in five sets Djokovic in the final and won his first and only trophy there. Two years later, the blow is struck by the Croatian Marin Cilic. Coming out of the Top Ten, he walked a dream path with a victory against Federer in the semi-finals to then beat Kei Nishikori in the final.

Although the title of Wawrinka It was a surprise, unlike the other five champions, the Swiss already had two Grand Slam tournaments in his windows. But it was for more: in 2016, he surprised Djokovic in the final and won the cup, the last Major on his record to date.

In 2020, an edition without an audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dominic Thiem was the champion. Without taking any credit away, he was the only one who didn’t beat the members of the Big Three. Nadal and Federer haven’t played; Djokovic was disqualified in the round of 16. Either way, he saw the opportunity and took it. He even came from two sets down to beat Alexander Zverev in the final.

Finally comes the current world number one and defending champion, Daniel Medvedev. Last season, the Russian stripped Djokovic from the Grand Slam schedule after beating him in three sets in the final. He thus infiltrated the list of surprise champions of the US Open.

Without a doubt, and even more so with the passage of time, New York is a no man’s land. What will happen this year?

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