'With Roger Federer and Nadal's absences, it is normal that...', says tennis legend

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'With Roger Federer and Nadal's absences, it is normal that...', says tennis legend

From August 31st, until September 13th, the US Open 2020 will be staged. There is a lot of waiting to review tennis at the highest levels even if, this edition of the Slam in the US will be very special. After Rafael Nadal's decision not to participate in the tournament and Roger Federer's absence due to injury, the natural favorite to win the US Open goes by the name of Novak Djokovic.

The Serbian, seeded N.1 on the men's draw, has all the credentials to take home his fourth success at Flushing Maedows (he already won in 2011, 2016 and 2018). The 33-year-old Serbian didn't make the decision to play the US Open so lightly.

Novak Djokovic favorite number one but watch out for opponents. In particular, the “new” Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medveded, respectively N.3 and N.5 of the world ranking, are fearful. Impossible not to consider the talented Stefanos Tsitsipas as well.

Alexander Zverev could have a great chance too. Speaking with Il Foglio, Adriano Panatta spoke at length about the decisions of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic regarding the US Open. The Italian questioned the legitimacy of the American Slam, but claimed Djokovic would've been the man to beat anyway.

Panatta: 'Rafael Nadal is right to skip US Open'

Nadal had earlier revealed that his reasons for pulling out revolved entirely around health and safety. “He's (Rafael Nadal) right. I guess there are many who do not feel at their best after this long stop, in some cases caution is needed because the risk of getting hurt is high,” Adriano Panatta said.

“In these conditions I would not have gone; in my opinion going to the US Open this year is madness," Panatta said. "Obviously everyone is free to do what they want, but in my opinion there are no minimum conditions to take the field with the right serenity."

For Panatta, the US Open has lost its ‘significance’ due to the absentees as well as the pandemic-induced restrictions in place. "It is all too evident that all these limitations make this edition less fascinating and probably also not very significant,” Panatta said.

"The US Open always remains very important, but with so many absences it is normal that those who decide to participate have a few more chances to go on and for this reason I think it is not a mistake to talk about results, whatever these will be, polluted by the situation”.

But the Italian also voiced his admiration towards Novak Djokovic. "He is really very good; he would have been the first to focus on even if there hadn't been a pandemic due to the coronavirus," Panatta added.