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Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Williams, Osaka: the battle for the US Open is with everything

Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Williams, Osaka: the battle for the US Open is with everything

Winner of four of the last five Grand Slam tournaments, Novak Djokovic is a favorite at the US Open: the defending champion and number one of the ATP returns to New York after the epic victory at Wimbledon.

It was against Roger Federer (3), who together with Rafael Nadal (2) complete the ‘Big 3’ of tennis and will meet again in the last Grand Slam of the year, which starts on Monday in Flushing Meadows, north of Queens, and runs through September 8.

‘Nole’, who would only meet Federer in the semifinals and Nadal in the final, seeks his seventeenth title in Grand Slam tournaments, which would place him one to tie the mark of the Spanish and three of the Swiss.

“The final against Roger at Wimbledon was probably one of the two best and most emotional matches I’ve ever played,” recalled the 32-year-old Serbian of the epic nearly five-hour match in which he recovered from a double championship point from the Swiss. .

Serena Williams also wants to make history at the US Open, looking for her twenty-fourth major title to tie the record of Australian Margaret Court … but it is not easy.

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The 37-year-old American, who last year fell to Naomi Osaka (1) in a controversial final in which she called the sexist referee, starts this US Open against an already weight rival: Maria Sharapova, another former champion in New York although before Williams has had a bad streak (19-3).

And he does it a few days after withdrawing from his opening match in the Cincinnati tournament, which is preparing for the US Open, due to a back injury.

– The ‘Big 3’ –

Federer comes in with just two hard-court matches in the US Open campaign, having fallen in the knockout stages of the Cincinnati Masters 1000, his earliest elimination since 2003.

Still, he was not overly concerned about what was coming to Flushing Meadows.

“I have played 45 games this year, I think I will be fine,” said the veteran tennis player, who is showing very good tennis.

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‘Rafa’ for his part decided to skip the Cincinnati appointment as a precaution.

“I’m sorry to announce that I will not play in Cincinnati this year,” Nadal posted on social media after winning the Montreal Masters 1000. “There is no other reason than to take care of my body personally and try to stay as healthy as I feel now …”.

A year ago, at the United States Open, Nadal left the semifinal against Argentine Juan Martín Del Potro – absent in this edition due to surgery on his right knee – due to problems in the same knee.

It was the beginning of a chain of injuries that made his life checkered, but which seems to be overcome.

The 33-year-old from Mallorca makes his debut against Australian John Millman (61), who should not offer him resistance, while Federer does so against a player emerged from the Qualy.

Djokovic starts against the Spanish Roberto Carballes Baena (76), against whom he has never played.

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– New generation –

Russian Daniil Medvedev, who eliminated ‘Nole’ in Cincinatti and won that tournament, leads, together with Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the new generation of tennis players who are trying to displace, still without success, the ‘Big 3’.

Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have won among the three 54 Grand Slam titles, including the last 11.

Medvedev (5) has reached three finals this month, including a win at Cincinnati, and could face Djokovic in the quarter-finals… hit?

On the women’s side, the situation is opposite: 18 players won the first 18 titles of the season, with Osaka winning the Australian Open, Australian Ashleigh Barty at Roland Garros and Romanian Simona Halep at Wimbledon.

Who will win the US Open is not so clear, considering the physical condition of Williams and Osaka, who also withdrew from Cincinnati with a knee injury.

Eyes are on Cincinnati winner and 2017 US Open finalist Madison Keys or 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff, who made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon. afp

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