US Open – Crown awaits its new king: for Alcaraz, Tiafoe and the others, it’s the opportunity of the century

US Open - Crown awaits its new king: for Alcaraz, Tiafoe and the others, it's the opportunity of the century

The story of the day

It’s weird to say that. And, to be completely honest, it’s quite funny to write it. And yet, a week after the start of the US Open 2022, don’t pinch yourself: we already know that men’s tennis will see a new Grand Slam winner next Sunday. In the top 16, there were only three left, all already crowned in New York elsewhere. Rafael Nadal, the invincible of 2022, Dimitri Medvedev, the holder, and a certain Marin Cilic, who had offered himself his moment of eternity eight years ago now.

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We knew that the task assigned to Medvedev would be arduous, because we have not bisse more in Flushing since 2008 and the fabulous quintet of Roger Federer. We suspected that, as the laps passed, Rafael Nadal, as immortal as he was, would probably end up dragging his feet. And, to be honest, we didn’t really think of Cilic to go all the way.

Race results? The three fell in twenty-four hours and here we are with an open board like never before. And a second week which, if we are careful not to say that it is a turning point, that one generation has driven out the other (especially since a certain Novak is not in NY for the reasons that we know), it offers a unique taste that is not unpleasant in the mouth.

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In a world where three men have won 63 Grand Slam titles since 2003, leaving only crumbs for the rest of the field, and even if 2022 will be the third season in a row to crown a new Major winner (again in New York), we still want to give a little advice to the survivors.

To Nick, Karen, Matteo, Casper, Jannik, Carlos, Andrey and Frances: take your chance. Don’t let her pass. The common idea, which sounds like a cliché, is that when you’re young – or not so old – the train will come back… No, that’s not true: the locomotive doesn’t always come back to the station. A missed opportunity is a huge wasted opportunity. It is time. Your moment. Sunday evening, there will only be one left. We can’t wait to find out his identity.

Daily point

Jannik Sinner had to work hard to get Ilya Ivashka out. The proof with this beautiful point. Holy wrist shot.

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We liked

The audacity of Niemeier. In terms of risk-taking and uninhibited play, she could inspire many players on the circuit. For his first time in eighth in Flushing, the German Jule Niemeier was impressed neither by playing on the Louis-Armstrong nor by the aura of his opponent, Iga Swiatek. The 23-year-old German has developed an aggressive style of tennis, where her powerful shots and numerous net rushes have hurt the world number 1. And it wasn’t her faults that discouraged her or halted her game plan… at least until the end of the second set, when she was surely caught up in her inexperience.

Tiafoe, from words to deeds.I believe I can beat him,” said Frances Tiafoe before his round of 16 against Rafael Nadal. And the 24-year-old perfectly extended his ambitions on the Arthur-Ashe court, delivering a match full of character against the Mallorcan. Author of 49 winning shots including 18 aces, the American came back from 1-3 in the last set to win, carried by the crowd, not at all intimidated by the bull of Manacor. The greatest success of his career, he owes it only to himself.

Tiafoe gave everything against Nadal: “I can’t believe it, it will be an incredible day!”

We didn’t like

Norrie’s game against Rublev. It was to be his chance to return to the Grand Slam quarter-finals, two months after his very good run at Wimbledon (semi-final). Faced with an opponent he had dominated during their last confrontation, who had just come out of a duel of crazy intensity lasting more than 4 hours and better ranked (9th against 11th), Cameron Norrie had a card to play against Andrey Rublev. But he missed his match completely, giving up the stick each time to get beaten. And the Russian did not hesitate to inflict a knock on him.

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The procrastination of the organization. The rain had left Flushing rather quiet in recent days, but it returned at the end of the round of 16. And this caused rather comical scenes, or rather annoying ones for the players in the running. If Norrie and Rublev interrupted their match for a few tens of minutes, Petra Kvitova and Jessica Pegula had to continue playing, before the noise of the retractable roof of the court prevented the Czech from serving. Worse, the time to close the roof, the court was flooded, and the two players, a time retained on the bench, therefore saw their meeting resume after more than 40 minutes without playing.

Three stats to remember

3. In a WTA circuit where top seeds have a bad habit of jumping too early, Jessica Pegula and Iga Swiatek have been models of consistency this year. The two players, who are preparing to cross swords in Flushing, will each play their third quarter-final of the year. If Swiatek has become a regular, Pegula has won 3 times more in 2022 than since 2015, the year of her first Major appearance.

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2. Roger Federer recovering, Novak Djokovic deprived of a trip to New York due to his non-vaccinated status at Covid-19, and Rafael Nadal who fell in the round of 16, this edition of the US Open offers us an unprecedented picture: c t is only the second time since Wimbledon 2004 that none of the three sacred monsters have made it to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. The last time was already at the US Open, two years ago, when the Spaniard and the Swiss were on the flank, without forgetting the improbable disqualification of the Serb against Pablo Carreno Busta in the eighth.

17. It has been 17 years since an American beat Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam. Before Frances Tiafoe, the last to achieve this performance was James Blake, who also beat him at the US Open in 2005 (6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1). At the time, the current 26th in the world was therefore… 7 years old. In this time, Nadal had managed to eliminate the 27 Americans who had gotten in his way in Major (including Tiafoe, in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Australian Open).

THE DECLA: Frances Tiafoe

I felt like the world had stopped spinning. I didn’t hear anything for a minute. I don’t even remember what I said to him as I shook his hand. Everything was scrambled. I started to cry, I could barely see him, him like my team. They were all up, it was crazy. My heart was beating at 1000 an hour… I had never felt anything like this in my life.

Just to know…

We know who won’t win the tournament. But we still don’t know who will be the next world number 1? Nadal, Ruud or Alcaraz?

If we stick to the strict chronology, Marin Cilic will therefore have been the last winner of a Grand Slam tournament in the running at this 2022 edition of the US Open. How much was the rating?

After her feat, will Frances Tiafoe manage to chain and thrill the New York public a little more?

What will the “Pelicangate” give?

The match not to be missed on Tuesday: Gauff – Garcia

This is the moment of truth for Caroline Garcia. Often overtaken by her anxiety, as at the start of her round of 16 against Alison Riske, the Frenchwoman has the opportunity to climb, for the first time in her career, after 42 Grand Slam appearances, in the last four of one of the four most prestigious tournaments on the planet.

Facing her, the rising star of tennis, who has displayed an astounding level of play since the start of the fortnight and who climbed, like the French, in the quarter-finals without losing a set. To this, add an unfavorable record in direct confrontations (2 wins in 2 matches, in Indian Wells in 2021, and at the start of the season in Doha), and an atmosphere which will be, as Serena Williams’ opponents have experienced. at the start of the tournament, entirely favorable to the American.

In these dantesque conditions, the French number 1 will have the opportunity to demonstrate all the progress it has made in recent months, and the many milestones reached in recent weeks. This will require succeeding in breaking through the iron defense of the 18-year-old player, whose resistance to pressure will also be observed, and her ability to respond to the blows of the Lyonnaise, as well as her powerful and varied serve. . The match, scheduled for a night-session (1 hour), therefore has everything to make you want to stay awake at the end of the night.

“With her physical form, Caroline Garcia can go for victory in singles and doubles!”

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