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US Open 2019 proves tennis future is bright beyond legends of the sport

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Daniil Medvedev engages the crowd after his defeat to Rafael Nadal
Daniil Medvedev engaged the New York crowd like nobody else (Picture: AFP/Getty)

It’s been a totally entertaining fortnight at the US Open. It had all of it.

There have been tears, boos, heaps of controversy, shocks, laughter and loopy post-match speeches. What extra may you need?

At the finish of each the males’s and ladies’s ultimate each champions fell to the flooring.

The first, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu, was overwhelmed by her giantkilling win in opposition to . It was her first Grand Slam title. Her nation’s first main singles win.

The second, and way more acquainted face , hit the court docket with pure exhaustion after beating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in a 4 hours and 51 minutes ultimate.

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Rafael Nadal collapses to the court after his US Open win
Rafael Nadal was left exhausted after the US Open ultimate (Picture: Kyodo News by way of Getty Images)
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Bianca Andreescu falls to the floor after her US Open win
Bianca Andreescu fell to the flooring (Picture: Anadolu Agency by way of Getty Images)

While Andreescu broke down in tears in her post-match press convention, Nadal was left sobbing on the court docket.

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There are nearly too many narratives to unpick however maybe the most essential is the sense that will not be such a depressing place in any case when the legends of a golden era grasp up their racquets.

Sure, Medvedev didn’t fairly recover from the line however he leaves the Big Apple with hordes of new followers.

He was at odds with the crowd throughout the event. Having given supporters the center finger and trolled them whereas a refrain of boos throughout rained down on him, the Arthur Ashe crowd chanted ‘Med-ve-dev’ repeatedly throughout his ultimate defeat.

He could have misplaced the ultimate however his post-match runners-up speech will go down as one of the most interesting ever given.

Tennis legends, comparable to Boris Becker, have spent the yr bemoaning the lack of breakthrough at Grand Slam stage for the recreation’s up-and-coming stars however even in defeat, this ultimate felt a big second.

He’s actually impressed John McEnroe throughout the event, who advised Amazon Prime forward of the ultimate: ‘He is like a chess master – I love this guy. Strategically, he’s one of the most sensible younger guys I’ve seen in ten years.’

The method during which he fought again from two units down in opposition to Nadal will completely endear him to US Open followers. Now formally the world’s fourth finest participant, he appears finest positioned to go on and at last launch the grip of the ‘Big Three’ stranglehold.

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If males’s tennis has been starved of breakthrough stars, the ladies’s recreation may maybe be accused of missing sufficient constant figureheads at the prime of the sport.

For the third straight yr the 4 Grand Slams have been cut up amongst 4 winners however, simply as was the case with Naomi Osaka right here in 2018, there seems to be one other star who is succesful of dominanting.

Andreescu has every part at her disposal.

A brutal forehand and highly effective serve. The potential to combine issues up with reducing slice and drop-shots. A determined will to win. And, most significantly, no worry of anybody.

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Bianca Andreescu holds her US Open title
Bianca Andreescu with her US Open title (Picture: Anadolu Agency by way of Getty Images)

She was just too sturdy for Williams in Saturday’s ultimate and staved off a powerful fightback in the second set from the 23-time Slam winner amid a raucous ambiance on Ashe. Many would have cracked.

To change into world No. 5 having began the season outdoors the top-100 is a exceptional in itself however she’s seen two of the 4 Grand Slams – the place the most factors are on provide – ruined by harm. It’s no stretch to say if she’d been wholesome all through 2019, the 19-year-old may already be world No. 1.

Greg Rusedski, a former US Open finalist, believes she will make the step as much as be the top-ranked lady on the planet.

After the match, she stated: ‘Sky’s the restrict, no query about it. The solely query mark: will she keep wholesome. If she does, I see her being No. 1 subsequent yr and successful perhaps two Slams.’

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Bianca Andreescu celebrates after beating Serena Williams
Andreescu celebrates her win (Picture: Kyodo News by way of Getty Images)

Williams’ coach Mouratoglou added forward of the ultimate: ‘I think she’s going to be No. 1 quickly. I imply, not too quickly however in the future, as a result of she has every part that’s wanted to be No. 1. Lots of respect for her.

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‘She has the whole package. Like the game’s superb, I believe: the bodily, the athleticism, and the psychological.

‘She looks incredibly confident. She feels like she’s the place she belongs. That’s the impression she provides.’

Like Medvedev, Andreescu has an enticing character – in no way a assure in prime stage sport – and her gamestyle will certainly see her change into one of the hottest gamers on both tour.

Future success is, of course, by no means assured.

But at a time when it was unclear how the tennis panorama will look in 5 years’ time, with the recreation’s finest identified stars all in the twilight of their careers, there are bright spots on the horizon.

And one suspects Medvedev and Andreescu will each play massive components in tennis’ future.

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