3 Reasons Why We Won’t See Nadal, Federer, or Djokovic Winning The US Open
The 2019 US Open is underway, and as usual, the trio of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal all entered the tournament as the top favorites. The Big Three have won the last 11 Grand Slam titles, as well as 54 of the last 65 overall.
Will Nadal, Federer or Djokovic claim yet another trophy, or could this be the end of their dominant streak? Nitrogen Sports Blog examines each player and lays down reasons why none of them will win the trophy in Flushing Meadows.
The advancing years of Roger Federer
Roger Federer won in straight sets to book his place in the Round of 16. The world No 3 is best known for his versatility, having won Grand Slams using all kinds of serves.
He turned 38 in August, and recently had a five-hour war with Novak Djokovic in the final of Wimbledon. The younger, stronger man eventually prevailed, which doesn’t bode well if they meet up in the future. Father Time is the true victor for all athletes, and Federer must have one eye on the clock. Predicting Federer will not win the US Open this 2019 is hardly a hot take these days.
Novak Djokovic’s shoulder injury
Novak Djokovic dispatched Juan Ignacio Londero easily in the previous round, but he winced a couple of times while returning a serve due to ‘unbearable’ shoulder pain on the left hand side.
The 2018 US Open winner is primarily a righty, but he admitted that it has had an impact on his explosive game.
He’s not at 100%, which could provide an opening for a new challenger.
UPDATE: Djokovic is now out of the competition after retiring in the fourth round.
Rafael Nadal withdrew from the recent Cincinnati Masters, citing fatigue as the reason. That can be also taken as a sign that Nadal will not win the US Open 2019.
He got plenty of rest before facing Chung Hyeon in the fourth round, capitalizing on the extra time off with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win. Hyeon had been through a gruelling qualifying process with nine hours more on the court, and it showed against one of the best players in the world.
Nadal was able to beat an exhausted opponent fairly easily, but will he have enough in the tank for matches that won’t end so quickly?
The top three are deservedly put on a pedestal, but they can’t keep up the streak forever. Will the 2019 US Open see a new winner? Let us know who you’re going to back.
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