Chronicle.Nadal devours Djokovic, wins his thirteenth title in Paris and equals Federer's 20 greats
Opinion.Rafa Nadal does not represent us, by Iñako Díaz-Guerra
Statements. Nadal's consolation to Djokovic: "You beat me a couple of times in Australia, this is part of the game"
Federer. "Well done Rafa. You deserve it."
And now that?
Once up to 20 Grand Slam titles, the same as
, and three more than
has time and tennis to try the
The fight continues, and the left-hander sees a much broader horizon than the Swiss, who will turn 40 on August 8, 2021.
Weeks before, Nadal will have entered the 35. Federer plans to reappear at the Australian Open with which he will start next season, once he has recovered from his knee operation.
It will be, almost in all probability, his last active course, with the Tokyo Games as one of the core events, given that his formidable record of services still lacks Olympic gold.
It remains to be seen in what conditions it will reappear, after a nearly blank year and eventually sharpening its claws.
Djokovic, nine months younger than Nadal, will not cease in his efforts.
He is versatile, he is the least physically punished and has eight titles in Melbourne, where he will defend the cup.
Nadal has won six Grand Slam through the 30s: four Roland Garros and two US Opens.
He is the most effective player in top-flight appointments across the three-decade boundary.
Djokovic has won five and Federer four, like
He has been without serious injuries for some seasons, adjusts his competitive schedule better and is able to even give up tournaments of the weight of the last US Open, which he decided not to attend in the middle of a pandemic to concentrate all his energies on the clay.
The regularity of the southpaw
It shows stability.
Ignoring this exceptional 2020, empty of much content, last year he won Roland Garros and the United States Open, made the final in Australia and fell in the Wimbledon semifinals.
Djokovic won Australia and Wimbledon, was a semifinalist in Paris and lost in the round of 16 in New York.
Federer, final at Wimbledon, semi-finals at Roland Garros, US Open quarters and eighth in Australia.
Federer's remote options go through hunting one last Wimbledon, already a few weeks from 40. He had it in hand in 2019, with two
in the final against Djokovic.
The blow was brutal.
Although he also played the final in London in 2017 and won the title in Australia in 2017 and 2018, his performance in the big, best-of-five-set tournaments, where the physical background is essential, has dropped substantially.
In the last five years he adds three, by six from Nadal and nine from Djokovic.
Watch out for the average Serbian, who has shown extraordinary speed and will still be sorry for the opportunity that he missed with the disqualification in the last 16 of the last US Open.
This season he has won again in Australia and has been planted in the final in Paris.
Time runs for all three, but, as has been written, differently.
We must not forget those who come, slowly, with doubts, without the determination of these three unrepeatable players.
At the recent US Open, Dominic Thiem beat Alexander Zverev in the final, breaking a lengthy sequence in which one or more of the members of the so-called
were present in the direct fight for the
With the final of the 2014 US Open, which Marin Cilic beat Kei Nishikori, a streak of 38 Grand Slam finals was snapped with one or more of the three protagonists at hand.
But of the 22 that followed, only the 2016 Wimbledon, in which
, and the recent one in Flushing Meadows missed one of the three almost exclusive dominators of the highest competition.
Something is evident: Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are still hungry and maintain the maximum commitment, values that do not define who they want to reach.
With all caution, 2021 may still be a season in which the passionate litigation between them continues.
20, 20, 17 ...
According to the criteria of The Trust Project
Roland GarrosNadal wants to climb Federer's sky in Paris
TennisDjokovic shakes off the 'Carreño syndrome' and will play against Tsitsipas in the semifinals
US Open and finally, a 90s champion in New York
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