New York, August 5
Rafa Nadal’s determination to skip the US Open due to well being considerations has added one other twist to the intriguing three-way battle for probably the most profession males’s Grand Slam titles and, in lots of eyes, the title of Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).
Had the 34-year-old Spaniard managed to retain the title he received in a five-set thriller towards Daniil Medvedev final 12 months, he would have joined Roger Federer on the prime of the listing with 20 titles. Instead, his determination has cleared the trail for 33-year-old Novak Djokovic to edge to inside certainly one of Nadal’s Grand Slam tally with a fourth title at Flushing Meadows and 18 in whole.
If it may appear unfair to gloss over the probabilities of the opposite 127 males within the US Open fundamental draw, it have to be remembered that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have shared the final 13 Grand Slam titles between them.
The state of affairs could be very difficult worldwide, the Covid-19 instances are rising, it seems to be like we nonetheless don’t have management of it. I’m not that boastful to say that the match in not large enough as a result of I’m not enjoying. Of course, it will likely be a match beneath particular circumstances however nonetheless a Grand Slam, and the winner will really feel like a Grand Slam winner. —Rafa Nadal
Only Djokovic of the Big Three will likely be current in New York later this month, with Federer, who turns 39 on Saturday, electing to bear double knee surgical procedure that can sideline him for the remainder of 2020. Not for the reason that final century — the 1999 US Open — have each Federer and Nadal been absent from the primary draw at a Grand Slam.
Nadal’s determination to skip the US Open was maybe made simpler by the proximity of the postponed French Open on the finish of September.
Swiss Stan Wawrinka, the final participant exterior the Big Three to win a Grand Slam, too will likely be absent from New York.
‘Proper Grand Slam’
Nadal believes this 12 months’s US Open champion will nonetheless really feel like a Grand Slam winner regardless of the match dropping some glamour because of the withdrawal of prime gamers.
Last week, girls’s world No. 1 Ash Barty had pulled out of the Grand Slam, which begins on August 31.
“The tournament is still big, it’s a Grand Slam,” Nadal informed reporters throughout a video convention from Spain.
Nagal in fundamental draw
Sumit Nagal is ready to compete in his second Grand Slam fundamental draw after receiving a direct entry into the US Open. The world No. 127 will likely be making his second look on the US Open. He is the one Indian within the males’s subject, with No. 132 Prajnesh Gunneswaran lacking out. “It feels good to make a main draw of a Slam again,” Nagal mentioned. — Agencies