The 2021 US Open will start with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all three paired at 20 Grand Slams. The Big 3 have been the great rulers of men's tennis over the last decade and a half, as well as having almost entirely rewritten the record book.
The Serbian champion has won the first three Majors of 2021, eliminating the gap that separated him from his eternal rivals, as well as being in full swing to achieve the 'Calendar Grand Slam' The number 1 in the world will have to recharge his batteries after the disappointment at the Tokyo Olympics, with the aim of repeating the legendary feat of Rod Laver back in 1969.
Nadal will do everything to try to stop him, while Federer is definitely more detached with very few days since his 40th birthday. Rafa will return to the field this week in Washington, before competing in the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati.
In a recent interview with Norah O'Donnell for CBS News, the 35-year-old from Manacor expressed his feelings when he is less than a month away from the last Grand Slam of the season.
Nadal skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics
"Honestly, it's the same as always (on how important it is for him to win the US Open)," Rafael Nadal said.
"The fact that Novak has 20, Roger has 20, I have 20 don't increase the motivation for me, or the pressure. My approach will not change. I always stay the same. I play my way. If Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer plays there and win, okay, well done for them.
I will not be frustrated for that. I know I achieve something that I never dreamed about, and I'm gonna keep fighting, keep doing things." Nadal, who skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics in a bid to safeguard his body, claimed he is still not at "100%" but expressed his desire to hit top form by the time the US Open begins.
"I don't think today I am at my 100%," added Nadal. "The goal is to be closer to that 100% the day I start the tournament." The games have already begun, and Spanish star Rafael Nadal will be playing his opening round match against American player Jack Sock.
Besides, the tournament has other top players like Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov. This is the first big event ahead of the US Open 2021. The winner of the event will get $350,755 and the runner-up will receive $178,500. The semifinalist will be getting $91,500 and moving lower, the quarterfinalist will receive $48,000. The players losing in the third round will get $24,400.