Over the past 15 years, Novak Djokovic has played numerous notable finals against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal around the world. The Serbian has been the dominant figure in men's tennis since 2011, matching his biggest rivals and seeking the 21st crown this week in New York.
Novak's first notable final came at Indian Wells 2007, losing it to Rafael Nadal and reaching another in Miami two weeks later. This time, Novak beat Rafa in the quarters and faced Guillermo Cañas in the title clash, feeling relieved not to see Roger or Rafa on the other side.
Novak won the title in Adelaide in early 2007 and saved his best tennis for March and "Sunshine's double" at Indian Wells and Miami. The teenager was the top player in the first two Masters 1000 events, reaching the final in Indian Wells and lifting the trophy in Miami, the first at the ATP premium level.
On April 1, the Serbian defeated Guillermo Cañas 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes, dominating each segment to become the last teenager to hold the Masters 1000 crown! Novak saved all five break points, while Guillermo served only 54% and suffered four breaks of seven chances offered to his opponent.
Djokovic was more efficient in the shorter and longer rallies, with his groundstrokes dominating Cañas, who was still satisfied with the last two weeks after beating Roger Federer twice.
Carlos Alcaraz on the Big 3
Carlos Alcaraz has taken the ongoing US Open by storm, reaching the first Slam quarterfinal of his career.
Alcaraz's meteoric rise has made everyone sit up and take notice of his talent, but on Tuesday the 18-year-old played down any comparisons with the Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. "For me it is good that they compare me with the best," Alcaraz was quoted as saying by MARCA.
"But I do not give it more importance because I try not to put pressure on myself because they expect me to do what these beasts have done. Each one has to make their way." Carlos Alcaraz's quarterfinal run at the US Open has made him the youngest men's player to ever qualify for the final eight at Flushing Meadows.
"I am happy with my performance here," Alcaraz said. "This tournament has made me mature a lot. I have played great tennis. A little sad about how it went today, but already looking forward to coming back next year."