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“The only threat for Alcaraz is Sinner and Djokovic.” Why was Medvedev completely written off?

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 14:50:10

Goran Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champion, now coaching Novak Djokovic, shared his expectations of the upcoming US Open, naming the two main threats to reigning tournament winner Carlos Alcaraz, with only a passing mention of Daniil Medvedev. Let’s get acquainted with Goran’s reasoning and talk about why he is wrong, and that, in fact, the chances of the Russian champion are quite high.

alcaraz phenomenon

Carlos Alcaraz is undoubtedly a phenomenal tennis player in many ways. Growing up in the country with the most clay courts, Carlos plays with a style that is at least as good on fast courts as it is on hard courts. Of course, there were such exceptions in Spain before him, for example, Feliciano López, who recently finished his career, played better on grass and hard in the hall, and Juan Carlos Ferrero, nicknamed El Mosquito, that is, Mosquito, became in the first racket in the world thanks only to the title at Roland Garros, but also to the final of the US Open. By the way, Ferrero is the coach of Alcaraz, who began training at his tennis academy back in 2018.

Having won the US Open last year, Carlos, like his coach 19 years before him, rose to the first line of the ranking. At 19 years, 4 months and 6 days, he became the youngest leader ever, breaking Lleyton Hewitt’s record for over a year, and then finished the season first, despite missing his finish through injury. Now Carlos, like Novak Djokovic, is the current champion of two Slams at the same time and also won Wimbledon, despite the fact that this was only the fourth tournament on grass in his career.

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“Nobody except Sinner and Djokovic can last a long time against Alcaraz”

So what did Goran Ivanisevic say when talking about the chances of tennis players at the US Open – 2023?

“Alcaraz is an exceptional player and Sinner is the only threat to him at the US Open besides Novak. Sinner’s game goes against Alcaraz’s, so they have had very interesting matches so far.

Also, if Medvedev has a good day, he can also show phenomenal play. However, Novak remains the only “dinosaur” among age players, all other tennis players are younger. This is normal, but you still need to pay attention to the elderly.

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There will be an interesting rivalry between Alcaraz and Sinner and Djokovic. No one but them will be able to resist the Spanish for a long time. Those who cannot keep up with Carlos can pick up rackets and immediately go home,” Ubitennis quoted Ivanisevic as referring to Sportske Novosti.

Medvedev’s endless American summer

Let’s start with the most interesting, that is, with Daniil Medvedev. The summer part of the season in America is almost always the best part of the season for a Russian. In 2019, he here made a breakthrough from the bottom of the top ten to the top 5, issuing a series of four straight finals (Washington, Montreal, Cincinnati and US Open) with a title in Cincinnati and a semifinal victory. of that tournament on Novak Djokovic.

The next season turned out to be a blur due to COVID-19, but Daniil reached the semifinals at the American Slam; however, he played the finale with more force, winning the Masters in Paris and the ATP Final Championship in London. In 2021, after the title in Toronto, Medvedev won his main trophy, very confidently winning the US Open, and at the end of the season he made a very significant contribution to the victory of the Russian team in the Davis Cup. Only last summer it turned out to be a flop, but there, Daniil’s season in his team didn’t work out so well that earlier this year he even fell out of the top 10 for a while.

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There is no doubt that this tough is suitable for Medvedev. This season, he was good at the slower Spring Masters in Indian Wells and Miami, picking up a final and title collection there. True, in the decisive match in California, Daniil lost only to Carlos and without a chance – 3: 6, 2: 6. And the point is not only in the score, but also in how the game itself went. Alcaraz did almost everything he wanted and, first of all, Medvedev could not find any antidote for his shorthand, although in games with other rivals, the Russian usually reaches those balls from the end line. After that, they met again in the Wimbledon semifinals, on a surface that is not the best for either of them, but even there the Spaniard won with confidence, showing how quickly he can adapt all elements of his game to different types of courts

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Fast hard is just about Daniel’s best chance to win over Carlos. Not because the Spaniard is bad on such courts (after all, the reigning US Open champion is unlikely to be able to play poorly there), but because they are ideal for Medvedev, along with hard courts in the hall. But still, the largest tournaments are held in the open air, and if we talk about the success of Medvedev in the match with Alcaraz at the Slam, then, of course, the US Open should be the best option for this, perhaps better. than the Australian Open, and there is nothing to say about the other two majors. Here, the Russian can serve well and pick up the pace on draws, preventing Carlos from using his trademark tricks like sudden shortcuts or hitting in unexpected directions down the line on a regular basis. But first, both must play in the Canadian and Cincinnati Masters, the first of which begins next Monday, August 7.

daniil medvedev in hardcore

Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

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Finally, let’s go back to Ivanisevic’s interview, more precisely, to the other players he mentioned. Explaining why he named Djokovic is almost the same as explaining why the sun rises every morning over most of the Earth’s surface. Although the US Open can be considered the worst Slam for Novak in terms of results in relation to expectations (he now has three titles here, as well as at Roland Garros, but given the Serb’s level of play on hard and Rafael’s almost constant dominance Nadal on trophy field in New York, Novak clearly should have had more than in Paris), he certainly remains a dangerous opponent and perhaps the most difficult for any tennis player in any major tournament.

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With Yannick Sinner, the situation is more interesting. The young Italian, who will soon turn 22, is certainly talented, but he has no big titles yet: seven small tournament trophies and two lost Masters finals in Miami. Until recently, Sinner’s best result at the Slams was the quarterfinals, but at Wimbledon 2023 he overcame Rublev’s curse and reached the half-final, where he lost to Djokovic in three sets.

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However, at the same time, Yannick’s game is very uncomfortable for Carlos. The Italian somehow manages to pressure Alcaraz from the baseline not to let his tennis show, and the Spaniard frankly suffers in matches with him, even when he wins. By the way, in last year’s US Open quarterfinals, Alcaraz defeated Sinner on match points at the reception, and this spring they exchanged victories. Carlos prevailed in the Indian Wells semifinals, while Yannick got his revenge in the Miami semifinals. And the total score of personal meetings is almost the same: 4-3 in favor of the current first racket in the world. At the same time, Medvedev, on the contrary, beats Sinner every time and leads him in personal meetings 6-0. Of course, if Yannick ends up on a part of Carlos’ grid, this can help Daniil a lot. What do you think of the chances of Medvedev and other tops at the US Open?

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