US Open 2021 could go down in history as the tournament that handed the first Grand Slam calendar since Rod Laver into the hands of Novak Djokovic. But, of course, this slam has already gone down in history as a representation of the end of an era: for the second time in the last 20 years neither Roger Federer nor Rafa Nadal have taken part in the men's draw.
A lack that has made all tennis fans suffer, but also the players themselves, as well as the professionals accustomed to the spectacle that these two sacred monsters of sport have given over the course of their career. There are those who speak of a generational change that will not be able to maintain the high level of a circuit that we are no longer even able to imagine without the 3 rulers.
Yet, during this Us Open there is a young 18 year old who amazed the whole world with his spectacular game, always pushing and always courageous: Carlos Alcaraz.
Patrick McEnroe's tweet
The Spanish eliminated world number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in an epic third round battle in Flushing Meadows, putting himself on the map for good.
This may be why Patrick McEnroe, John's brother and former world number 28, did not say he was worried about the post Federer and Nadal tennis movement. "We all miss Federer and Nadal, but the future of men's tennis looks very, very promising," wrote Patrick McEnroe in a tweet.
In fact, this slam orphan of two of the big 3 is still giving a series of beautiful clashes from the first rounds. Everyone was thrilled to watch Andy Murray fight up to the fifth set against Tsitsipas and everyone admired the beautiful clash between Francis Tiafoe and Andrey Rublev.
In short, one day we may no longer have 3 such phenomena at the same time, but the show is still guaranteed. About Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, they are out untill the end of the season, and there are also some doubts of the come back of the Swiss Maestro on the court for 2022.