In recent years, several young talents have climbed the ranks in the men's circuit. In spite of the imminent generational change, it was the usual Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who shared the first three Grand Slams of 2022.
The Spanish phenomenon won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, despite having to deal with persistent pain in the feet. The 36-year-old from Manacor reiterated that he is a living legend and only a tear in his abs prevented him from playing his chances at Wimbledon to the full.
The Iberian is not yet in top condition and has decided to miss the Masters 1000 in Montreal. It is still unclear whether Rafa will participate in the Cincinnati tournament or if he will return directly to the US Open later this month.
Different speech related to Djokovic, who won the Championships for the seventh time in his career. The Serbian champion risks not being able to play the last major of the season due to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
In an exclusive interview with the 'Essentially Sports' portal, Indian legend Vijay Amritraj analyzed in detail the perspectives of Nadal and Djokovic.
Amritraj on Nadal e Djokovic
During an exclusive interview with Essentially Sports, the tennis Hall of Famer opened up about the rise of young talent in tennis while talking about Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s chances at the US Open this year.
He said, “It’s going to be interesting to see the US Open because at the moment, Djokovic cannot play and it’s going to be, is going to be interesting to see if Nadal is going to be fit enough and strong enough to play in well-heated from the stomach injury as well…” Further, talking about Federer’s comeback, he said, “So, we’ll wait and see also whether Federer plans to make a comeback and thinks he can come back and play on the hard courts in the US Open.
But, but we’re still waiting for that all important outsider or a challenger to pick up a Grand Slam this year”. Novak Djokovic's deportation from Australia earlier this year became the talk of the town in the early days of the 2022 season.
"Tahlia McGrath represents a country that ensured Novak Djokovic was deported and not allowed to play in the Australian Open for being unvaccinated and was called a threat. [But] when it came to one of their own - it was okay to let her play with COVID?" Singh tweeted.