Without a doubt, the Grand Slam of absences. There is less to go before the US Open begins, a quite particular edition because regardless of the quantity, the quality of those who will not be present is at stake: two of them, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, nothing more and nothing less than the top champions, and still in force.
The ATP and WTA calendar, demanding as always, revealed over the course of the season who would make it to the last Major of the year in a position to contest it. Among other great absences, the prestige that the presence of the Swiss and the American would give the tournament cannot be omitted..
The thing is Federer brought his hegemony to New York for five years in a row: from 2004 to 2008 inclusive, His Majesty won the trophies without question. And he was pretty close to actually having been 6, if Juan Martín del Potro didn’t beat him in the 2009 final.
One was that and the other final he lost was in 2015, against Novak Djokovic. The reality is that with five titles at the US Open, Federer and Pete Sampras are the top men’s champions in the Open Era..
It should be remembered that the Swiss announced in mid-August that again his knee would go through surgery and therefore the remainder of the season would be lost.
On the other hand, in a similar situation, Serena, with all that that name implies in the US Open. A hamstring injury will prevent the American from pursuing her 24th Grand Slam.
In the female branch, With 6 titles in this tournament, like Chris Evert, she is the maximum champion. But there is a reality and that is that, increasingly notorious, their presence in this type of competition decreases.
Unlike Federer, his conquests were more time spaced: 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In turn, he lost four finals, in 2001, 2011, 2018 and 2019.
From 2000 to the present, Federer was only absent in 2016 and 2020; while Serena, was not of the game in 2003, 2010 and 2017. That is, it is the first time in 21 years that both get off at the same time.
Thus, a new edition of the American contest is already underway. Logically, the focus will be on whether or not Djokovic will achieve the 4th Grand Slam in the same season, which will be the engine that ignites the flame this year.
Anyway, a US Open without Roger and Serena will be a pretty particular US Open.