(Sports News, Tennis News) Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have captured 3 of the past 4 Grand Slams of the 2022 season. But Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz may emerge as bright candidates for the upcoming US Open crown. next.
Medvedev and Alcaraz: A remarkable bright spot next to Nadal’s aura – Djokovic
Video of Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal fighting in 5 sets in the Australian Open final earlier this year:
3 of the 4 Grand Slam men’s singles of 2022 have been owned and those are still the popular names that have dominated the world of felt ball for many years. While Rafael Nadal has won both the Australian Open and Roland Garros this season, Novak Djokovic has won Wimbledon for the fourth time in a row.
Djokovic and Nadal have won 3 out of 4 Grand Slams this year
However, in the past year of 2022, two other names that have also made a strong impression on fans are Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz.
Following the outstanding success at the end of last season with the US Open championship in 2021 when he excellently “toppled” Djokovic after 3 sets with a score of 6-4, Medvedev reached the final of the Australian Open.
Here, the 26-year-old Russian player won Nadal in the first 2 sets 6-2, 7-6 (5) but lost in the following 3 sets with a score of 4-6, 4-6, 5-7 in the competition. lasted for 5 hours and 24 minutes at Melbourne Park, causing him to miss the opportunity to win the second Grand Slam in a row.
After that, Medvedev had to have surgery for herniated disc and was out of action for 2 months. But “Morning Sao” born in Moscow (Russia) still climbed to the top of the world No. 1 male tennis player for the first time in February this year when fully taking advantage of Djokovic’s 2,000 points deduction and inability to defend his title. Australian Open this year because of being deported from Australia for refusing to get a Covid-19 vaccine.
Not long after, Medvedev was reclaimed by Djokovic for the top position on the ATP rankings in the context that he was injured for 2 months. But then, the 1.98m high “pole” the Russian played quite hard to reach the quarterfinals of Roland Garros and the Mallorca Championship, between which were 2 times to the finals of the Libéma Open and the Halle Open to help him claim No. 1 male tennis player in the world.
After defeating Djokovic to win the US Open last year, Medvedev has twice climbed to the world No. 1 this year
That is considered a significant reward for Medvedev in the context that he and other Russian players as well as Belarusian nationals were banned by the organizers of Wimbledon 2022 from participating in this year’s tournament because of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Meanwhile, besides Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz is another “highlight” of the peak breakthrough this season.
From February to May of this year, the player is considered the “new Nadal” won 4 titles in Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Barcelona and Madrid, including 2 ATP Masters 1000 championships.
Notably, at the Madrid Open 2022, Alcaraz has consecutively defeated both Nadal, Djokovic and Alexander Zverev (the top 3 seeds of the tournament) from the quarterfinals to the final to crown the ATP Masters 1000 on clay. in Spain.
Alcaraz won 2 ATP Masters 1000 titles this season despite being 19 years old
Although recently Alcaraz lost unfortunately to Lorenzo Musetti 4-6, 7-6 (6), 4-6 at the final of the ATP 500 Hamburg European Open, or most recently lost to Jannik Sinner in the final of the Croatia Open, with the Just climbed to the top of the world No. 4 for the first time and moved up more than 50 places on the ATP rankings compared to a year ago, the 19-year-old Alcaraz still surprised the public.
Waiting for the “great earthquake” to come again at the US Open and the rest of this season
According to Tennis.com journalist Steve Tignor, Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz can completely conquer new victories when attending the upcoming North American hard court season. Their focus will still be on the two ATP Masters 1000 Canadian Open and Cincinnati Masters, especially the US Open – the last Grand Slam of the year taking place from August 29 to September 11.
Medvedev or “Little Nadal” Alcaraz will make a story at the US Open 2022?
Although Djokovic may not be able to attend the US Open 2022 because he does not comply with the mandatory rule of Covid-19 vaccination for foreign residents entering the US, the tournament still has the presence of Rafael Nadal, the new runner-up. Wimbledon Nick Kyrgios, finalist Roland Garros Casper Ruud or Matteo Berrettini.
Medvedev has won major titles on hard courts in Toronto, Cincinnati and New York. The number 1 player in the world is desperate to assert himself after being banned from Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Alcaraz is showing a fairly comprehensive play this season with championships on both hard courts (Miami Masters) and clay courts (Rio Open, Barcelona Open and Madrid Masters).
The play style of both Medvedev and Alcaraz is quite comprehensive when both possess good serves, possessing powerful forehands and backhands. They all have quite a strong mentality when facing seniors like Djokovic or Nadal, which are expected to continue to create “seismic” in the upcoming North American hard court season in an effort to approach the “Big 3″ group. ” (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic) in the near future.
Medvedev beat Alcaraz 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 the only time they met before in the second round of Wimbledon last year. Tennis.com expects this duo to continue to maintain the momentum and create a “new classic” match of men’s tennis in the world like the way the trio of Federer – Nadal – Djokovic created each time they competed. together.
Will Medvedev be able to successfully defend the US Open championship or will Alcaraz win the first Grand Slam of his career? Let’s look forward to their performance in New York coming up.
Video Carlos Alcaraz shocked Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open 2022:
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