The 142nd edition of the US Open had to do without Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. The former played his last official match at Wimbledon last year due to a knee injury; while the second was unable to reach New York due to the entry rules in force in the United States.
The Belgrade has hoped until the last moment to be able to take the field in Flushing Meadows, but in order to enter the US, foreign nationals still have to show the vaccination certificate. Djokovic, after winning Wimbledon, however, confirmed his choice on the vaccine.
Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, is the only one of the Big 3 who has participated in the US Open. The Majorcan did not appear in the best physical condition of him, the abdominal injury certainly affected his preparation, and he lost in four sets to one of the best versions of Frances Tiafoe in the round of 16.
Mats Wilander: "Here is the generational change"
The protagonists of the final of the American Grand Slam was Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud, who played for the top of the world ranking and the first Major in their career.
The final of the US Open was then won by Alcaraz in 4 sets: the young Spaniand is also the new world no.1. He is also the young player of the Open Era to won the US Open and get the world no.1 in the same final, a very amazing achievement for this tennis era.
Despite Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic having won the first three Grand Slams of 2022, Mats Wilander thinks tennis is undergoing the definitive generational change. He explained: "We are certainly witnessing a generational change.
Obviously, in this case, it is also due to some external factors. Roger Federer is still injured. Rafael Nadal did not have time to prepare in the best way and be 100% in New York. Novak Djokovic was unable to play because he was not vaccinated.
Yet, we all understood that the men's circuit has great depth. There are new faces struggling to achieve important goals. It is something necessary for this sport."