Daniil Medvedev overturned the predictions of the eve by beating Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open 2021 and winning his first career Grand Slam. The young Russian also prevented ATP number 1 from achieving the 'Calendar Grand Slam', a feat that was only successful at the legendary Rod Laver in the Open Era.
Many are wondering if the Serbian champion will be able to find new motivations after such a tiring season, in which he has spent a lot of energy from a physical and mental point of view. With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both in the pits due to injury, it is safe to assume that 2022 may really be the right year for the changing of the guard.
Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have all the credentials to continuously win the most prestigious titles, without forgetting the very young Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti. Suffice it to say that only Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem had been able to win a Major in the era of the Big 3 (Medvedev joined the list a few days ago).
Interviewed by 'nine.com', the legendary Todd Woodbridge said that the replacement at the top is now just around the corner.
Woodbridge on the Big 3
"Things are going to be very different from now on, the trend of world tennis has changed with this triumph," the former Australian tennis player began.
"I do not think that Novak Djokovic will enter a total crisis that will prevent him from fighting to add more titles, but it will be much more difficult for him. Also, I think that if Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer retire or start playing less, that will hurt a lot to the Serbian because he needs the motivation to fight them head-to-head for the goal of being the tennis player who wins the most Grand Slam titles.
In my opinion, this tournament is a turning point in tennis history that marks the end of the season. It was from the Big 3", reveals. And it is that Woodbridge believes that once the glass ceiling that sheltered the young is broken, a domino effect will occur in which the hopefuls for glory will believe more in their possibilities when they see that Medvedev has already achieved it.
"This generation of young people perceives themselves as the call to dominate tennis for years to come. Novak may be able to fight for one or two more trophies of this level, but what happened in this tournament is going to take its toll," Todd said, with words of praise towards the Russian.
"He knew what he had to do at all times so that the pressure and nerves ate at the Serbian," he declares.