After another Grand Slam title in Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic got his 16th career title of that level, getting even closer to the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer, on a truly exceptional three-way fight.
Djokovic getting closer and closer to Nadal and Federer: ‘Nole’ is already eyeing the US Open
With one more trophy in hand – his 5th one at Wimbledon – Novak Djokovic continues to tread his path to becoming one of the best tennis players of all-time.
Curiously, we lived an era with the interesting aspect of having 3 dominant players on the circuit that, in a way, starve everything around them.
Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (18) and Novak Djokovic (16) share 54 Grand Slam titles since 2003, with the Spaniard and the Serbian only starting winning titles of this size a couple of years later.
Basically, we have witnessed a hegemony of this trio without any contestation from a player of the new generation, although the Austrian Dominic Thiem continues to be close and the Greek Stefano Tsitsipas also being able to get there on a near future.
In any case and analyzing the supremacy shown by these 3, we can’t ignore the merit of Stan Wawrinka (2) or Andy Murray (3) by having won more than 1 Grand Slam title on a golden era where 3 players have been dominating over all the others.
Now we will have the US Open, that has clearly been the most heavily contested Grand Slam in the past couple of years.
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On the last 11 years of tournament, we have had 7 different winners, something that clearly contrasts with the trend recorded at Roland Garros, Wimbledon or even at the Australian Open.
The inclusion of names like Marin Cilic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka in this list of 7 winners certainly works as an incentive to the players of the circuit that have the ambition of getting between the big 3 of world tennis.
But Novak Djokovic won the tournament again in 2018, getting his 3rd title on the North American surface and he will certainly be highly motivated to win again in order to get even closer to their rivals Nadal and Federer.
‘Nole’ is clearly leading the race as favourite to the US Open title in 2019, with odds around 1.85 on 1xbet, on a clear demonstration that he is in form and truly focused. The Serbian tennis player is becoming a very tough opponent to beat.
Federer is still looking to go back in time
Roger Federer’s case on the US Open is particularly curious, since the Swiss maestro won the competition on 5 consecutive occasions between 2004 and 2008, and then he has gone 10 years without winning it.
Roger Federer has only been to the final twice during this period, losing to Del Potro in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015.
The Swiss player is coming off a new loss on the final to Djokovic in Wimbledon and he should now start a preparation stage looking to recover a title that has been escaping him for a decade.
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If he follows the usual path, “FedEx” should skip some tournaments in order not to accumulate fatigue, because at 37 years of age, he can’t play in all tournaments.
The mythical Swiss tennis player has odds of 4.80 on Bet365 to win the tournament, but he will need to elevate his performance levels a little bit on hard court in order to do it, considering a probable final against Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, obviously.
Rafa Nadal left a great impression at Wimbledon
As it is known, the Spaniard Nadal doesn’t have in Wimbledon’s grass his favourite surface, quite the opposite actually.
This year, and despite not having gone further than the semi-finals, Rafa left good impressions by treading a very safe path until the semi-final where he didn’t have enough arguments to counter the versatility of Roger Federer.
In any way, the good moment of form of the Spaniard allied to an interesting physical condition – injury-free – might allow him to prepare well for the US Open, tournament he already won on 3 occasions.
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When he is in good physical conditions, Rafael Nadal is a tough nut to crack and I’m not surprised to see him in 2nd place of the list of favourites for the bookmakers, with odds of 4.00 on 1xbet to win the tournament, only behind Novak Djokovic.
Male tennis continues to be going through an extraordinary period of its history with a colossal fight between three titans of the sport that seem to be continuing to refuse the idea of generational renewal at a time where every single one of them are long past the 30 years of age…