“Roger Federer and Nadal would have blocked many younger gamers”

The 2021 version of the US Open needed to take care of numerous absences. Along with defending champion Dominic Thiem, who remains to be out of motion resulting from a wrist drawback, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal haven’t traveled to New York for the final Grand Slam of the season both.

Within the case of the Swiss and the Spaniard, that is the second consecutive withdrawal from the New York match. The Basel champion has simply operated on his proper knee for the third time within the final 12 months and a half, a painful determination made vital by the relapse accused by the King at Wimbledon.

As for the Mallorcan, his 12 months was closely affected by a foot harm. The 35-year-old from Manacor tried to return to the sphere on the Washington quick, however quickly needed to give up to the ache. Each ended their 2021 prematurely, hoping to see them again in motion subsequent 12 months for a remaining trip (particularly Federer).

In a current interview with L’Equipe, Frédéric Fontang, coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime, targeted on the impression that Roger and Rafa’s absences have had on the 2021 US Open.

Federer and Nadal have already closed their season

He mentioned: “There are all the time new generations pushing arduous to get to the highest.

This course of entails the removing or the progressive decline of the older era tennis gamers. There isn’t any doubt that the absences of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have considerably elevated the probabilities of many gamers in these US Open.

If there had been Rafa on the scoreboard, he would have stopped the run of many skills on the launch pad. The identical goes for Roger. I perceive the frustration of the folks for his or her sacrifices, however on this method we had the chance to admire many guys who would be the champions of the futur.”

Federer performed a pittance of 13 official matches in all of 2021, whereas Nadal restricted himself to seven tournaments (successful a pair on his beloved clay). The top of an period now appears to be upon us, though the satisfaction of sure champions ought to by no means be underestimated.

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