Tennis's biggest stars, including current ATP No. 1 Novak Djokovic and his perennial rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, will participate in the 2021 US Tennis Open, in addition to the most prominent figures of the women's circuit, such as Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka, as announced by the organizers on Wednesday.
Flushing Meadows this year will be the scene of a battle between Djokovic, Nadal and Federer to win one more Grand Slam title, since each of the three players currently has a score of them under their arms. Djokovic, in particular, will also fight to become the third man to win all four Grand Slam in the same year, after having already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021.
Should he win a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, in which he participates, Flushing Meadows could become the only man to win the so-called "Golden Slam" by winning the Big 4 plus Olympic gold in a same year, something that until now only the German Steffi Graff achieved in 1988.
Also present in New York will be Dominic Thiem, who won the US Open last year, as well as Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.
Berrettini speaks about Roger Federer
The ultimate ‘G.O.A.T’ debate is a never-ending conversation for fans and followers of the big 3, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
However, the youngsters already have a favorite and it’s no surprise who they love the most. From Canadian star Denis Shapovalov to the 2021 Wimbledon Championship finalist, Matteo Berrettini, all hail the legendary Roger Federer to be their idol.
World No. 8, Matteo Berrettini, also picked Roger as his favorite. He shared his mesmerizing experience of when he played against the icon for the very first time. “He looked like he wasn’t putting effort, you know? Like he was just so smooth and so light on his feet.
That’s why I think the I time I played him, I was like “What is happening here?” Germany’s golden boy, Alexander Zverev, was all hearts for the Swiss legend too. He said,” How he was playing the game it looked so easy in a way, it looked like he was really playing the ball.
He was the best player to watch”. Roger Federer made an emphatic return to the court after an unfortunate injury saw him rest out for an entire year. However, he was back to his very best at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship, garnering world attention with every sublime backhand.