Men's Gen Next ready to roll
Hindustan Times|January 18, 2022
With Nadal the only Aus Open champion in men's draw, young guns Zverev, Tsitsipas and Medvedev will fancy their chances
Rutvick Mehta

MUMBAI: “Not enough tennis has been talked about in the last couple of weeks, which is a shame,Stefanos Tsitsipas deadpanned, two days before the Australian Open, to a question on the Novak Djokovic saga.

It's back to talking-and watching-tennis. The 2022 Australian Open got underway, finally, on Monday.

Rafael Nadal, the only former Melbourne Park champion left in the men's draw, was up and running nice and early, enjoying a breezy start to his stormy buildup with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over American Marcos Giron. Not so smooth for Alexander Zverev in the last match under lights at Rod Laver Arena, but a scratchy 7-6(3), 6-1, 7-6(1) victory against fellow German Daniel Altmaier was enough to put him into the second round.

In the last 15 years, the first Grand Slam of the season has been dominated by the Big Three of men's tennis with all but one Australian Open won by Djokovic, Roger Federer or Nadal since 2006. The one exception was Stan Wawrinka, who was victorious at Melbourne Park in 2014 at the age of 29.

The Happy Slam was also witness to the re-emergence of Federer and Nadal from gloomy injuries and slide in form in their thirties as they contested that memorable 2017 final ranked 17th and ninth, respectively.

The younger set of challengers-or Gen Next-haven't really had a look-in with the Big Three keeping the door firmly shut in Melbourne. That door has now been thudded open with only one among the trio holding 20 Grand Slams each to guard it.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the newspaper

MORE STORIES FROM HINDUSTAN TIMESView All

White goods makers may raise prices again

Televisions, washing machines, and refrigerators are set to cost more, as white goods companies are considering further price hikes to counter a weakening rupee and unusually high raw material prices.

2 mins read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

PE funds seek alternatives for exits amid tough IPO market

With the primary market continuing to remain unfavorable for concluding large deals, private equity funds that were banking on IPOs to sell their stakes in private companies, especially in the technology space, have begur exploring alternative routes to exit their investments.

1 min read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

Das: Morerate hikes with fiscal measures

Governor says central bank won't allow the rupee's runaway depreciation

2 mins read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

I did have jitters: Nargis Fakhri on walking Cannes red carpet

Actor Nargis Fakhri made a surprise appearance at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

1 min read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

Aggressive bowling mantra paid off for teams in last four

More than individual brilliance, franchises have benefited from greater focus on the sum of bowling parts

3 mins read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

India raises WHO Covid excess deaths' report at Geneva meet

India expressed "dismay and concern" at the 75th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Monday over the recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) that estimated 4.7 million people in the country died due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

1 min read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

Govt may revise mid-day meals' daily cooking cost

The government is likely to revise the daily cooking cost of mid-day meals in schools across the country, people familiar with the development said, adding that a central committee constituted to review the per day cooking cost is in the final stage of compiling its report.

1 min read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

Varanasi court order on petitions related to Gyanvapi likely today

The case was shifted from the civil court to the district court last week.

2 mins read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

PM talks investment with industry leaders

Pitching for enhanced participation and investments in a diverse range of sectors in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top industry leaders of Japan on Monday and highlighted the partnerships in place between the two countries for promoting business ties.

2 mins read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022

Rain catches Capital off guard again

Experts say age-old system of preparing for monsoon doesn't work any longer, highlight need for year-round efforts to tackle erratic weather

4 mins read
Hindustan Times
May 24, 2022
RELATED STORIES

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Queens is known for its gastronomy as much as its tennis. Daniil Medvedev, equal parts sugar and spice, hopes to add a unique flavor to the borough as he vies for his first major

9 mins read
Tennis
September - October 2021

Defining Djokovic - Where Does the World No.1 Go From Here?

In a year of peaks and valleys, where does the world No. 1 go from here?

7 mins read
Tennis
Sept/Oct 2015

Djokovic playing at ‘really high level

ROME Novak Djokovic was not about to allow Russian Aslan Karatsev to beat him consecutively on clay and the world No.1 made sure of that yesterday in the second round of the Rome Masters, where the Serb won 6-3, 6-2.

1 min read
The Straits Times
May 11, 2022

ZVEREV DOWNS TSITSIPAS TO SET FINAL AGAINST ALCARAZ

MADRID OPEN

1 min read
The Daily Guardian
May 09, 2022

Murray withdraws from Madrid Open

MADRID: Andy Murray withdrew from his showdown against Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open on Thursday because of illness.

1 min read
Millennium Post Delhi
May 06, 2022

ANDY MURRAY DOWNS SHAPOVALOV TO SET BLOCKBUSTER CLASH AGAINST DJOKOVIC

Former World number one Andy Murray on Tuesday defeated Denis Shapovalov to reach the third round at the Madrid Open 2022.

1 min read
The Daily Guardian
May 05, 2022

NOVAK DJOKOVIC SLAMS 'CRAZY WIMBLEDON BAN ON RUSSIAN, BELARUSIAN PLAYERS

Novak Djokovic has termed as "crazy" Wimbledon's decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players. Wimbledon on Wednesday announced the players from Russia and Belarus at this year's Grand Slam following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

1 min read
The Daily Guardian
April 22, 2022

Tennis : Limp Djokovic crashes out on clay return as serve deserts him

Novak Djokovic was defeated by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina as the world No 1’s return to the ATP Tour fell flat at the Monte Carlo Masters.

2 mins read
The Guardian
April 13, 2022

French open the door for Djokovic

PARIS • French Open organisers said yesterday that Novak Djokovic is allowed to defend his title, as the tournament prepares to stage what is expected to be the first Grand Slam without any Covid-19-related restrictions.

2 mins read
The Straits Times
March 17, 2022

Nervy Zverev falls to Paul at the 1st hurdle in Indian Wells

Tommy Paul collected the biggest win of his career with a stunning 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2) victory over third seed Alexander Zverev under the lights at Indian Wells on Sunday.

1 min read
The Times of India Mumbai
March 15, 2022