Going into the ultimate Grand Slam of the 12 months, there was uncertainty for some folks whether or not a US Open shorn of a number of of the game’s largest names would entice as a lot consideration as common.
It supplied a deal with of gorgeous tennis, seismic shocks, entertaining storylines and the start of a number of new stars.
Lengthy-held considerations about how the game would cope with out its fundamental sights – with Roger Federer simply turned 40 and Serena Williams lower than a fortnight from reaching the identical landmark – have been answered because the US Open provided reassurance it would proceed to thrive.
“It has been a tremendous match,” stated former Wimbledon champion Pat Money, who labored as an analyst for BBC Radio 5 Stay.
Right here, BBC Sport has a take a look at the principle takeaways from an excellent Slam which captured the creativeness.
Raducanu anointed the queen of Queen’s
There is just one place to begin, is not there? Emma Raducanu. A reputation which many outdoors of British tennis had not heard of three months in the past.
Then, the British teenager was ranked simply outdoors the world’s high 350 and had solely performed one top-level skilled occasion.
Now, she is a Grand Slam champion. British teenager Emma Raducanu is a Grand Slam champion. Nonetheless does not sound actual does it?
However it’s and it wasn’t stunning given the way in which the 18-year-old performed within the New York borough of Queen’s.
With confidence and sophistication, she didn’t drop a single set in her 10 matches at Flushing Meadows, the primary three of which have been in qualifying for the principle draw.
“I’ve all the time dreamed of profitable a Grand Slam. You simply say this stuff. However to have the assumption I did, and really profitable, I can not consider it,” Raducanu stated after beating Canada’s Leylah Fernandez, who solely turned 19 earlier this week, in Saturday’s remaining.
The following era turns into the now era
With Williams, Federer and Rafael Nadal all lacking the New York occasion by damage, it was the primary main with out the three of them in a singles draw since 1997.
Added to that, Dominic Thiem – the reigning males’s champion – additionally needed to pull out due to health issues.
That opened the door for brand spanking new stars to emerge.
In addition to Raducanu and Fernandez within the ladies’s singles, Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz was one other teenager to announce his arrival on the most important stage of all.
The 18-year-old made historical past by changing into the youngest participant within the Open period to succeed in the US Open quarter-finals, with the spotlight of his success coming when he surprised Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
As well as there have been spectacular runs to the second week of the singles for a bunch of gamers aged 21 or underneath, together with Bianca Andreescu, Iga Swiatek, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Jenson Brooksby and Jannik Sinner.
“I had just a few doomsayers earlier than the championships saying it might be completely garbage as a result of there was no Federer, Nadal, Serena Williams or just a few different nice champions,” Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent, stated.
“Now we have simply been reminded that nonetheless nice these gamers are, there are such a lot of wonderful skills on this planet.
“Youth has taken this chance – particularly on the ladies’s facet – to burst by and ensure we’re glued to our televisions and radio for the subsequent 10-15 years.”
‘Chess grasp’ Medvedev lastly solves the Slam puzzle
Novak Djokovic was initially the centre of consideration as he bid to win a historic twenty first Grand Slam males’s title at a match missing a slew of his fellow stars.
The 34-year-old was trying to finish a uncommon calendar sweep of the Grand Slams and pull away from Federer and Nadal when it comes to main victories.
As a substitute it was Daniil Medvedev, not world primary Djokovic, who was left celebrating victory within the males’s singles.
Russia’s Medvedev, 25, had misplaced two earlier Grand Slam finals however the man referred to as the ‘Chess Grasp’ beat the Serb to lastly resolve the issue of beat one of many males’s ‘Huge Three’ in a serious remaining.
“I feel it’s the first of many for Medvedev,” predicted former British primary Laura Robson.
Murray rolls again the years towards Tsitsipas – and creates ‘Toiletgate’
Andy Murray hardly ever fails to disappoint – even when he does not get the end result his legions of followers needed.
The previous world primary’s outstanding renaissance – after a critical hip damage which left him sure that retirement beckoned – continued as he pushed Greek third seed Tsitsipas all the way in which of their first-round match in New York.
The British three-time Grand Slam champion performed in a way harking back to his greatest as he led by two units to at least one earlier than Tsitsipas fought again to win a five-set thriller.
That wasn’t all of the drama although.
Tsitsipas discovered himself the butt of the jokes after Murray aimed one other jibe at him within the row over lengthy rest room breaks.
After shedding to him on the opening Monday, Murray stated he “misplaced respect” for Tsitsipas and accused his opponent of “dishonest” by going off courtroom for eight minutes, though the Greek didn’t break any guidelines.
Murray was not within the temper to let the problem slide, although, even after an evening sleeping on it.
The Scot joked it took much less time for American billionaire Jeff Bezos to fly into area than Tsitsipas spent in the bathroom.
Brits take pleasure in fairytales in New York
Whereas Raducanu receives many of the consideration for her fairytale in New York, she wasn’t the one British participant to take pleasure in success.
There was a doubles double for Joe Salisbury, whereas Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett accomplished their clear sweep of the Grand Slams.
Salisbury, 29, turned the primary Briton to win two doubles titles at a Grand Slam within the Open period.
On Friday he gained the lads’s doubles with American associate Rajeev Ram – beating one other Briton, Jamie Murray, within the remaining – and claimed the combined doubles title alongside Desirae Krawczyk on Saturday.
Reid, 29, and Hewett, 23, turned the primary pair to win all 4 Grand Slams wheelchair doubles in a calendar 12 months on Sunday.
Full crowds recreate particular New York buzz
After being closed to followers final 12 months, the match was the primary Grand Slam because the coronavirus pandemic began to be allowed at 100% capability all through.
That noticed the thrill of the New York match return, particularly throughout the night time periods on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Taking part in beneath the lights on the most important tennis courtroom on the world – which has a capability of practically 24,000 – is an expertise like no different.
With exuberant followers having fun with the mid-match leisure – which often consists of music, dancing followers, celebrities being launched to the group and ‘Kiss Cam’ on the changeovers – there’s all the time a din of background noise in a crackling environment.
“It was improbable to see full crowds from the primary level and there have been some wonderful matches all over. It has been extremely thrilling,” concluded Money.
Tennis wanted the feelgood issue to return and the US Open supplied simply that. The longer term is shiny.