A brand new chief of the chasing pack has emerged.
Yes, Rafael Nadal received. Yes, the ‘Big Three’ have now shared the final 12 Grand Slams between them. Yes, there isn’t any energetic Grand Slam winner underneath the age of 30.
But on Sunday evening in New York, one teen stepped up.
Staring a straight units defeat within the face, regardless of not enjoying badly, Daniil Medvedev flipped the match on its head. He fought. He believed.
From two units and a break down he rallied and compelled a fifth set in opposition to the person who holds the second most Grand Slam titles in historical past. It wasn’t sufficient, however it was shut.
Medvedev is an extremely good tennis participant. While a few of his youthful colleagues can’t step again to view the broader image, he sees the sport completely.
He made tactical alterations in opposition to Nadal, which he gave an perception to after the match.
‘First two sets, I was kind of close, but at the same time Rafa was a beast out there,’ Medvedev stated in his post-match press convention. ‘I felt like every thing I do, he has a solution. So I used to be persevering with to attempt one thing, to discover one thing new. I used to be going to the online typically, performing some dropshots, some slice. I attempted every thing.
‘As I say, these, I have to say, three guys [Nadal, Djokovic and Federer], they are legends. The way they’re enjoying tennis is simply unbelievable. When you’re on the market, tactically it’s more durable than in opposition to anyone else.
‘For three sets, for two sets and until a break, I was thinking, Okay, what should I do? Then I found something. I don’t know what’s it, however I managed to be higher within the recreation. And after, it was an equal match, I ought to say.’
While the ‘Big Three’ proceed to dominate the Grand Slam scene, Medvedev’s emergence has given real hope that he can be the primary teen to really step up and win a significant.
Although he was reluctant to put an excessive amount of stress on his shoulders, he is assured he and the man stars of tomorrow are doing every thing to grow to be the celebrities of at this time.
‘It’s robust to say as a result of I don’t need to speak on my own about this,’ he added. ‘It’s higher for you guys, the journalists, specialists, to speak about these sort of issues.
‘I can say that I’m certain all of us, we’re combating our greatest to attempt to make this transition. It’s actually robust as a result of these guys, they’re enjoying good tennis. I don’t know what else to say. They are simply enjoying wonderful tennis.
‘It’s actually robust to beat them, even to get a set from them, even each recreation to win is hard. We’re simply doing our greatest job to attempt to make it occur typically.’
He does, nonetheless, see himself working at a excessive degree, identical to the person who beat him, when he is in his mid 30s.
‘I do see myself at 33 years running and competing like Rafael Nadal,’ he stated.
‘Although Rafa said it himself, that he changed his game a lot from younger age to be able to compete at the highest level. Maybe I’ll have to do the identical. This I can’t know.
‘Talking about my thin, it’s simply my construction. I imply, I work loads bodily particularly, as I stated, final two-and-a-half years after I devoted my life to tennis after I’m on the, let’s say, coaching camp in France the place I follow. My coaches, they kill me bodily to be prepared for such sort of match, such sort of matches, such sort of summer season.
‘I can be proud of my physical abilities this summer, and tonight also.’