Young people seriously ask for a clue at the US Open

Much has been said about the dominance of the “Big 3” and the records of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, all over 30 years old and with a lot of history behind them. This time, at the US Open, a valuable piece of information stands out in search of a replacement by many fans: it is the first time in 11 years that four under 22 are in the round of 16 of a Grand Slam.

Among women, these types of situations are more common. In fact, there were recent Grand Slam champions who were young, which is not the case with boys. So the fact that this record of having four under-22s in the fourth round of a Major for the first time since the 2009 Australian Open is a highlight.

Two Canadians, Felix Auger-Aliassime, 20, and Denis Shapovalov, 21, plus Australian Alex de Miñaur (21) and Spanish Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (21) are the tennis players who managed to overcome the first three rounds in the New York cement and made their way into the decisive second week of competition.

As a plus, Auger-Aliassime and Davidovich are for the first time in the round of 16 in one of the four Majors in their short professional careers. Meanwhile, Shapovalov had only accessed that instance at the US Open 2017 and De Miñaur had also arrived at this wheel once and also at the US Open, in his case in 2019.

In the previous case with four Sub-22s in the eighth of a Grand Slam, in Australia 2009, there were two players who were No. 1 in the world. The Argentine Juan Martín del Potro and the Croatian Marin Cilic were 20 years old, while the Serbian Novak Djokovic, current leader of the ATP ranking, and the Scotsman Andy Murray had 21.

At the current US Open, Auger-Aliassime indulged in being the first born in the 2000s to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament. Therefore, they ask for a track seriously …