This year’s US Open tennis tournament is expected to be the launchpad for the explosion of players of the next generation after the dominance of the Federer – Nadal – Djokovic trio.
The Covid-19 epidemic has made this year’s tennis season more special than it was every year. However, as all the difficulties have subsided, the fans of the village are now very eager to eat the spiritual dish called the US Open. The tennis tournament in the US is arguably the most notable event after the tennis world season this year.
However, due to the influence of Covid-19 that the first Grand Slam after the season will not be able to fully see the biggest names like Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal. The appearance of Novak Djokovic is really a consolation for this year’s tournament, although the number 1 player in the world is not completely fit after contracting Covid-19.
The absence of legendary tennis players opened up the opportunity for some of the next generation to come to light. Many experts believe that the US Open is a great launch pad for players who want to become stars in the village of felt and in fact there are many names from this tournament.
Promising stars like Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas are all eager to make a subversion before Djokovic. The absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal will make Djokovic a little easier to breathe, but before the strong rise of a series of potential young names mentioned above, this will be a real challenge for the Serbia star.
Among the stars listed, Thiem is the most awaited name. The player born in 1993 is not really a name in the Next Gen generation (next generation) if you look at his age. However, compared to “Big 3”, he is still a “junior” and is struggling to prove his talent.
US Open 2020’s No. 2 seed hasn’t been in good shape lately. He played 28 friendly matches, but when attending Cincinnati Masters, he lost 2-6, 1-6 in the second round. In the past, Thiem won 4 in the last 6 matches against Djokovic. Therefore Thiem is considered the biggest barrier to Djokovic’s 18th Grand Slam title.
Before having the chance to clash with Nole, Thiem will have to overcome a relatively difficult branch with Karen Khachanov, Andy Murray or Marin Cilic and possibly Daniil Medvedev on the journey to the final of the US Open 2020. Daniil Medvedev has a volatile 2020 year but still could be a formidable counterbalance.
Contrary to Thiem, Djokovic falls into the easy branch when the difficulty comes only in the semi-finals, where the world’s No. 1 player can play Tsitsipas or Zverev. However, among the next generation players, both of these names could not cause much difficulty for Djokovic. He has the same record of winning 3, losing 2 out of 5 matches against these two players.
Besides the players mentioned above, Alexander Zverev first entered the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open but returned to play recently with a defeat in the second round of Cincinnati Masters. Stefanos Tsitsipas has the highest win rate since the start of his career with 73% wins this year, but he will have to do better after not making a deep advance at the Australian Open earlier this year.