'A night I’ll always remember' – Henman on Raducanu celebrations in New York

Tim Henman has spoken of the amazing celebrations he was part of after Britain’s Emma Raducanu triumphed at the US Open in remarkable fashion.

The 18-year-old was a shock victor at Flushing Meadows last month after coming through qualifying, and now she is looking to make a big impact at Indian Wells.
Raducanu’s astonishing crown in New York saw her ranking leap from world No. 150 to world No. 22, and she still has a chance of qualifying for the WTA Finals in Mexico if she can shine in the Californian desert.

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Henman, who was working as a courtside reporter for much of the US Open, is close friends with Raducanu’s since-fired British coach, Andrew Richardson, and joined the memorable celebrations after the dramatic final.
“That was the best Grand Slam I’ve watched,” Henman told The Guardian’s Tumaini Carayol regarding the US Open celebrations with Raducanu and her team in an interview ahead of Indian Wells.

“It was a lot of fun to reminisce about the previous two weeks but also for Andrew and Emma to look back on the whole trip from when they started out in San Jose, the tournaments they played, the matches that she came through and the challenges she had.

It was a lot of fun and a night I’ll always, always remember.

“I was just there to speak to Andrew and Emma at any stage,” he says. “And if I can help, that was great. I was there to do my television work but when you’re that close to the action, then I could also support as well.”

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When asked about Raducanu moving on from Richardson – who was the best man at his wedding – after winning the US Open under his guidance, Henman was clear that it was her prerogative.

“She hasn’t put a coach in place now and she’ll have plenty of time for that at the end of the year, whenever the competitive tennis year finishes,” he said.

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“It probably gives her most of November and all of December to really think about that. That’s important as there’s been so much going on in her world.

“My advice to her would certainly be: ‘Don’t worry about what other people think.’ There is always going to be an enormous amount of opinion out there and that’s something she can’t control.

“If she’s focused on those things which are within her control, she’s going to go on and continue to achieve great things within the sport.”

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Emma Raducanu has donated the Nike outfit she wore on her victorious US Open run to the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Raducanu became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since Virginia Wade 44 years ago after battling through qualifying to win the tournament.

The 18-year-old has been the subject of heavy media attention since her remarkable victory over fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the final.

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She attended the glitzy Met Gala alongside A-list celebrities, has become an ambassador for luxury jewellery brand Tiffany and even played tennis with Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton at a homecoming event.

The world number 22 has now given away her outfit worn in the final to the renowned Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

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The Tennis Hall of Fame tweeted on Monday: “A legendary run: preserved.

“Thank you, @EmmaRaducanu, for donating your memorable #USOpen outfit to the ITHF collection!”

Last week, Raducanu dropped her coach Andrew Richardson, who helped her to win the US Open, and is currently searching for a new mentor.

Raducanu is still deciding whether to play the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which gets underway on October 4, but she certainly has her sights set on the Australian Open in 2022 no matter what the quarantine situation is there.

“Whatever needs to be done to be able to play the Australian I’ll do,” she said.

“It’s not even in my mind, I just want to be at the Australian Open, and want to compete there so whatever it takes to do, I’ll go.”

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'The younger generation has taken over' – Becker hails 'Dame Emma Raducanu'

Emma Raducanu made history as she was crowned the 2021 US Open champion to become the first British woman to clinch a Grand Slam singles title for 44 years, and Eurosport’s Boris Becker says, ” the younger generation has taken over”.

The 18-year-old completed a truly remarkable sporting triumph as she overcame fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez of Canada, 6-4 6-3, in a very memorable showpiece final at Flushing Meadows.

Raducanu, the first qualifier in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam final, was not remotely fazed by the big occasion and held her composure, despite late drama, to make history in becoming the first British woman to win the US Open singles title for 53 years.

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The sheer improbability of the teenager’s achievement in raising the trophy as a qualifier at Flushing Meadows was hard to grasp for everyone, and Becker told Eurosport Germany that she is already a superstar.

“What a supreme feeling: she got a personal letter from Queen Elizabeth. If that’s not a tribute, I don’t know what else there is to come,” Becker told Eurosport. “Everyone here has noticed: we have a new superstar. But now it starts, now the dance starts.

“You have to follow up the performance, and the benchmark is impossibly high. She’s not going to win every match for the rest of her life. She’s going to play badly once in a while and she’s going to lose once in a while. A whole new journey through time has begun. I just hope that the environment around her continues to protect her, reassure her and not forget the priorities.

“She is so popular because she won a tennis match and nothing else. The speech after her victory was as if she had done it a hundred times before. A politician couldn’t express herself much better than this 18 year old. She did everything right, but now the real work starts.

“It’s not always easy, and I speak from my own experience. You’re still growing up, you make mistakes, you trust the wrong friends and so on. That may also happen to her, but I hope she will be well protected.

It’s an open secret: she will become ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’ – imagine that; it doesn’t get any better than that. Then there will be a Sir Andy Murray and a Dame Emma Raducanu – wow!

Emma Raducanu of Great Britain celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada during their Women’s Singles final match on Day Thirteen of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

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“I think the generational change has happened. The younger generation has taken over now. We just talked about the queen, Serena Williams, for a very long time, because it was just her. Only [Leylah] Fernandez and Raducanu deserve to be the centre of attention now, and that will continue for the next few weeks. The young guns bring everything the tennis fan wants.

People are talking about tennis again!

“If you want to be invited to the red carpet once in your life, it’s this Met Gala! Everyone that matters in film, music, radio and television wants to go there. And now there was a gathering of tennis players! That surprised me in a happy way, because I say tennis is back in vogue! It is presentable again. People like to be seen with young, successful tennis players again. That wasn’t the case for a while. We need this publicity. This is an unbelievably great development, and one that didn’t exist for years.

“For me, Raducanu and Fernandez are playing a different type of tennis: it’s a new, attacking form of tennis. The others can hardly keep up with that, because those two are getting better, and they’re going to fine-tune that. This, ‘I go into the rally and wait until the other one misses the ball’ – I think that’s over!

“They train differently, they are incredibly strong and have an incredible amount of power. They express that on the court as well. The established players have to get used to it, and in women’s tennis everyone has to prepare themselves: there’s a new way of playing here!”

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'It's not acceptable' – Djokovic gets 'unfair treatment' compared to Federer and Nadal, says Becker

Novak Djokovic saw his dream of a 21st major title and the calendar Grand Slam fade away as Daniil Medvedev produced a stunning performance to win the US Open, and Eurosport expert Boris Becker has given a heartfelt perspective on his former charge.

Medvedev was utterly imperious as he stormed to a straight-sets, 6-4 6-4 6-4, victory inside a raucous Arthur Ashe Stadium, while Djokovic was left unable to follow his triumphs at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon earlier in the year.

The world number one was flat, exhausted and devoid of his usual spark throughout as he failed to claim the 21st Grand Slam title which would have taken him past the tallies of his great rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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The Serb was left very emotional as the supportive crowd willed him to recover in the final stages, and he was tearful both at the end of the match and when he thanked the fans for their backing in his post-match speech. Becker has said it was a huge moment and that Djokovic deserves more appreciation.

“I’ve never seen Novak cry on the tennis court. He must have really gone to his limit, or over the limit, emotionally,” Becker, who used to coach Djokovic, told Eurosport Germany.

“With all the expectations on himself, he must have been asked every day since Wimbledon whether he would win the Grand Slam or become the record holder with 21 majors. It came over him, so to speak. His speech after the event was all the more remarkable. Still with wet eyes he explained to the New Yorkers, ‘today is the most beautiful day of my life, because finally I feel that I am respected and loved’. And this on a day when he could not take advantage of what might have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win all the majors in one year.

“It was an incredible situation, a crazy moment in time. It kind of missed that the winner’s name was Daniil Medvedev, and not Novak Djokovic. Everything that was written before didn’t happen. But back to Novak: those were just open, honest and great words in a very difficult moment.

“I know Novak privately and professionally, and I can only say that he is a fine guy. A competitor who sometimes misbehaves on the court, but who doesn’t? The public, including the media, really have to get used to the fact that there are not just two, but three [legends], who have great qualities as players and as individuals.

It is not acceptable that Novak is always the bad guy and Roger and Rafa are always the good guys – that is unfair.

“I hope that these two weeks in New York, the final, the following speech and the reaction of the New York audience will ensure that he is finally seen in a different light.

“He publicly stood up for [Stefanos] Tsitsipas [in the toilet break row] after the semi-final against [Alexander] Zverev; he often stands up for other players. That’s often swept under the rug and no one wants to perceive that in any way. There’s another side to him, and it’s very sympathetic. I hope for him and for his family that he’s finally treated a little more fairly than he has been until now.”

Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic after the US Open final

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Becker then addressed Djokovic’s surprise tilt at Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games, and said that it was probably not initially in his plans when he could have been resting up ahead of Flushing Meadows and his calendar Grand Slam bid.

“If you are completely honest, I don’t know if he really had the Golden Slam on his list like that,” Becker said. “I think he thought about the Grand Slam after Paris. Originally, he didn’t want to go to Tokyo in order to regenerate and play his normal hard-court tour and then play the US Open.

“I think now, in retrospect, it was all a bit much. He is a proud Serb and, of course, he had to represent his country, no question. But he is also just a human being. He can’t win everything all the time, bear pressure and be fit. I think he exhausted himself there, maybe it was all a bit much. Maybe he should have taken a longer break after Wimbledon, like he always does of three-to-four weeks.

“The travel stresses, the Olympic Village, the opening ceremony – it’s all nice, but it’s also incredibly exhausting. And, of course, there was also the question of the Golden Slam. So a lot of things didn’t go in the right direction, and you saw the result in the final.”

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Becker had told Eurosport on the evening of the final: “For Novak Djokovic, it was one match too many. He was mentally not able to control his emotions. He wanted to make history. He wanted to become the most successful Grand Slam player of all time.

“He didn’t want to become one of the best – he wanted to become the best, and he would have underlined that with a victory here. I have never seen Novak so clueless.

“I am convinced that Daniil will win more Grand Slam tournaments. For me, he is the most ready of the young generation. He knows how to win matches; he knows how to prepare for the big matches. You have to beat him then because he doesn’t get hectic or nervous. He’s one step ahead of [Stefanos] Tsitsipas or [Alexander] Zverev there.”

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'Talent of the century' – Klopp hails Raducanu after teenager's stunning US Open triumph

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has said he was “overwhelmed” with how Emma Raducanu carried herself during her stunning US Open success in New York.

The British teenager defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) in New York to seal an extraordinary triumph in only her second Grand Slam tournament.

The win also made Raducanu the first qualifier in tennis history to win a major title.

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Klopp described the 18-year-old as the “talent of the century” at the press conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash against AC Milan on Wednesday.

He watched the full length of the match, and was impressed with the “power and speed” that both women showed during the course of the final.

However the Liverpool manager’s also picked out the humility displayed by both players during the trophy ceremony post-match as a highlight.

“Women’s tennis is obviously in a brilliant moment, these two girls were 18 and 19 and what they showed in the game was massively impressive,” Klopp said.

“But then when they got the trophies during the ceremony, how both girls spoke was really inspiring to be honest. Even more so than the tennis, which was inspiring enough.”

“They knew they will face each other in the future very often and be in many more finals. I wish that for them. It was a great show of sportsmanship and elite sport and how humble you can be while so young and on top of the world, “ he added.

Klopp revealed that the quality of the tennis he saw has inspired him to watch more.

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“I will watch women’s tennis much more, for sure, than I did in the last few years.”

The Liverpool manager was spotted at the Mallorca Open in June, watching on with former Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze, now of PSV Eindhoven.

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Tennis stars filled the red carpet at the 2021 Met Gala on Monday night as Britain’s Emma Raducanu continued to celebrate winning the US Open title.

Raducanu, who has won 21 of her past 25 matches and become Britain’s number one player, completed her remarkable run in New York with a straight-sets victory in the final at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night and has since surged up the rankings from number 150 in the world to 23.

The 18-year-old, who has been inundated with media requests and event opportunities since being crowned the surprise champion as a qualifier at Flushing Meadows, joined a host of other big names in tennis and sports.

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The gala, which raises money for the museum’s Costume Institute, celebrated the institute’s 75th anniversary and the timing of the rescheduled event led to a host of tennis stars making appearances.

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Naomi Osaka wore a gown designed in collaboration with her sister and former tennis player, Mari Osaka, while other tennis players at the event included Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Matteo Berrettini, Ajla Tomljanovic, Leylah Fernandez, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Sloane Stephens.

For the 19-year-old Fernandez, who produced a similarly stunning run to Raducanu in New York to reach the final, it was another incredible moment marking her rise within the sport.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova was also present, and a photo of her alongside Serena Williams surprised many, given the pair were not always the best of friends on tour.

Away from tennis, there were many other big names present from the world of sport.

US gymnasts Simone Biles and Sunisa Lee made appearances, along with US footballer Megan Rapinoe and basketball superstars Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry.

Raducanu, who says she has loved every second of her New York adventure, has credited her parents for giving her the “mental strength” to succeed in tennis.

“I think that from a young age I’ve always sort of been brought up to have mental strength,” she told ABC’s breakfast show Gold Morning America on Monday.

“My parents, you know, they played a huge part of my upbringing.

“They were pretty tough on me when I was young but it kind of shaped the way and I think now it’s helping on the biggest stages in the world and Arthur Ashe Stadium when you really need it and it was basically a full capacity – so it was very, very cool.

“It was really nice to talk to them after I won. They were just so happy and proud of me and my toughest critics and very, very hard to please but, yeah, I got them with this one. They couldn’t resist.”

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Andy Murray believes Emma Raducanu’s “very special” US Open win is a “huge opportunity” for British tennis to attract more people to the sport.

Raducanu, 18, caused one of the biggest-ever Grand Slam shocks as she came through qualifying to win her maiden major in New York.

She is Britain’s first female major champion since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon in 1977.

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“It was incredible what she did there,” said three-time Grand Slam champion Murray after beating Yannick Maden in the first round at the Rennes Open.

“I think for a lot of the people involved in British tennis, we knew she was extremely good. She hadn’t competed much for the last sort of 18 months or so with school and coronavirus and those sorts of things, but I think at Wimbledon everyone sort of got a bit of a glimpse of how good she could be.

“I’ve spent a little bit of time around her on the practice court, but more so in the same building, training close to each other, and watching what she’s doing, and she’s obviously really, really good.

“But what she did in New York was very special, a huge boost for British tennis and gives, hopefully, the governing bodies an opportunity to capitalise on that and get more and more kids involved in the sport. It’s great what she did and a huge opportunity for British tennis now.”

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While Raducanu won 10 matches in a row without dropping a set at the US Open, Murray was beaten in five sets in the first round by third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

He returned to action on the second-tier ATP Challenger Tour on Tuesday and eased past Maden 6-3 6-1 in just 74 minutes.

Now ranked No 116 in the world, Murray says he is keen to move up the rankings so he can avoid tough first-round encounters like he got in New York.

“I’ve had a lot of matches this year, and my body is fine. The goal for the last few years has been to try and improve my ranking. For that, I have to compete often. I still feel that I can play at a very high level. Every time I go to a tournament I play a top player from the start, it’s not easy. I have to improve my ranking to avoid this. It’s a very nice venue here, everything is fine, the hotel is close. It’s great and I’m happy to be here.

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“A lot of Challengers have good players, but it’s very special here. We have three former top-10 players in the tournament, that’s rare. We should see some great matches. I’m expecting a big tournament. There are only good players here who have dedicated their lives to their favourite sport, very professional, that’s great.”

Up next for Murray will be either French qualifier Manuel Guinard or Russia’s Roman Safiullin.

Murray is the fifth seed at the tournament behind Richard Gasquet, Arthur Rinderknech, Benjamin Bonzi and Gilles Simon. Former world No 10 Lucas Pouille is also playing the tournament.

Murray will head back across the Atlantic after the tournament as it has been it has been confirmed that he has taken a wild card into the San Diego ATP 250 event, which starts on September 27.

He is also expected to play at the rescheduled Indian Wells Masters event that starts on October 7. The tournament is one of only two Masters events, along with Monte Carlo, that Murray has not won. He twice made the semi-finals in 2007 and 2015.

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Sometimes it looks so easy. Win a Grand Slam, get to world No 1, win some more Grand Slams, break decade-old records, win even more Grand Slams. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams have won so often over the last 20 years that it’s become routine, inexorable, almost inevitable. But it’s not.

Especially not when the weight of history is now so heavy, as Djokovic found out at the US Open.

Bidding to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slam titles in the same year, Djokovic came up short, producing arguably his worst performance of the year in arguably the most important match of his career. He was flat, looked exhausted, and lost to Daniil Medvedev in just two hours and 15 minutes.

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Afterwards he said he was “relieved” it was over.

New York has now crushed the hopes of two Calendar Slams in the 21st century. Serena Williams was less forthcoming with her feelings after her shock semi-final loss to Roberta Vinci in 2015, insisting it wasn’t the occasion that got to her. “I didn’t feel pressure. I never feel pressure.” Yet the flat-footed performance and the errors at important moments told their own story, just as they did with Djokovic. Even the very best are not immune from pressure, not when there is so much at stake.

Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem said the tension around Djokovic was “simply inhuman” as he looked to not only win his fourth major of the year, but the 21st of his career that would move him ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time standings.

As Billie Jean King said, “pressure is a privilege”, but it can also be a burden.

Sometimes it forces players to rush things they might otherwise take their time over. “All I wanted was the ball: put it on the spot, get it over and done with,” reflected Gareth Southgate after his crucial penalty miss against Germany in 1996. Sometimes players don’t perform at their best when under immense pressure, as happened to Naomi Osaka the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Sometimes the pressure builds up over a season, as it did with the New England Patriots when they were bidding to become only the second team in NFL history to go unbeaten. They went 18-0 before losing in the Super Bowl in 2007. “It’s cumulative,” kicker Kyle Brady later said. “As the season progressed, that cumulative exhaustion – it gets you every season but especially a season like that.”

Djokovic had been happy to talk about the pressure on his shoulders heading into New York. “Pressure, we all have it, but top guys, especially for me here with pressure on the line. Pressure is huge but at the same time I thrive on that.” It’s sometimes easy to dismiss or downplay the impact of pressure because players get asked about it so often. The pressure of taking a penalty, the pressure on a putt on the final green, the pressure in the crucial minutes of a Formula One race. But this was pressure on another level.

How did Laver deal with it all those years ago? “I never said I was going for a Grand Slam; that’s pressure right there,” he said ahead of the tournament.

In the end it wasn’t just the pressure, but mental and physical fatigue too. Djokovic spent far longer on court than Medvedev during the tournament and had a gruelling semi-final match against Alexander Zverev. He also faced regular questions about the Calendar Slam and admitted he didn’t like to think about it because it was a “burden”. It was revealing to hear him say after the match that he was “glad it was over”.

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The build-up for this tournament and everything mentally and emotionally I had to deal with the last two weeks was just a lot…it was a lot to handle. I was glad that finally the run was over. Of course I’m disappointed with my overall performance. It’s a very tough loss. I know I could have and should have done better. But it’s sports.

There are simply no guarantees in sports, and Djokovic now faces the challenge of picking himself up and going again as he bids to win his 21st Grand Slam title. The schedule seems ideal as his next chance is at the Australian Open – his most successful Grand Slam – and then the French Open, where he could be the favourite after winning last year, especially if Nadal is not fully fit. But even though there was relief after the US Open final, the pressure will always be there. For Williams it has grown and grown as her pursuit of a 24th major has gone on and on. She has lost four finals since winning her 23rd Grand Slam and has been beaten in two semi-finals. Is there a chance the next few years will go the same way for Djokovic? Is he destined to finish on 20 majors alongside Federer and Nadal?

And what about the winners in New York? What about the pressure on their shoulders? Both only showed glimpses of it over the past two weeks as they breezed past every opponent put in front of them, but it was there. “He had a lot of pressure. I had a lot of pressure, too,” said Medvedev as he won his first Grand Slam title after two previous final defeats. The pressure only showed on Medvedev in the final as he struggled to close out the match, just as it had done the previous night in the finishing stages of Emma Raducanu’s win over Leylah Fernandez.

The question for Medvedev is can he back up it, which Thiem has so far failed to do after winning in New York last year. For Raducanu, she is still seeing things as a “free swing” after a meteoric rise. “I don’t feel absolutely any pressure. I’m still only 18 years old. I’m just having a free swing at anything that comes my way. That’s how I faced every match here in the States. It got me this trophy, so I don’t think I should change anything.”

But things will change in time, the pressure will change, and nothing that Djokovic, Raducanu or Medvedev achieve should be taken for granted.

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For the first time in 17 years, tennis has two new champions.

In 2004, Gaston Gaudio and Anastasia Myskina both won their maiden Grand Slams at the French Open.

Neither player went on to win another major title, while their victories came at the start of a golden age for Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who between them have taken 58 of the past 69 men’s Grand Slams since Roland Garros in 2004.

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Couple that with Serena Williams’ dominance and you largely have the answer as to why it has been 17 years for tennis to welcome two new singles champions at the same tournament.

There have been close calls over the years, but it was Daniil Medvedev and Emma Raducanu who ended that wait in spectacular fashion on the weekend with their victories at the US Open.

Medvedev had been knocking on the door, while Raducanu simply smashed it down, and now the sport finds itself on the brink of a new era.

There have been some false dawns, particularly with the US Open presenting itself as the most likely slam for a new winner since 2010, but an injury-hit old guard – Williams, Federer and Nadal all skipped the US Open – means it could finally be time to accept the younger generation finally have the edge.

Maiden winners: Grand Slams since 2010

  • Australian Open – 5 (Victoria Azarenka, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Sofia Kenin, Stan Wawrinka)
  • French Open – 8 (Francesca Schiavone, Li Na, Garbine Muguruza, Jelena Ostapenko, Simona Halep, Ashleigh Barty, Iga Swiatek, Barbora Krejcikova)
  • Wimbledon – 2 (Petra Kvitova, Marion Bartoli)
  • US Open – 10 (Samantha Stosur, Flavia Pennetta, Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev)

That has, in fairness, been the case in the women’s game for some time. Williams has not won a slam since 2017, with 11 new champions emerging since, but on the men’s circuit it has taken a monumental effort to shift the ‘Big Three’ aside.

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That is probably only temporary in Djokovic’s case, and it will likely be down to the Serbian alone to keep flying the flag for the older players assuming Federer, Nadal and Williams call time on their careers before him.

Djokovic showed clear signs of fatigue on Sunday night, and this dip from his usual lofty standards was the product of a relentless campaign where the pressure of completing a calendar Grand Slam only grew and grew and ultimately proved too much.

The next few months will therefore be about recharging and going again at the Australian Open. The ATP Tour Finals have often been a case of who’s still fit at the end of a tiring year, and so the next slam in Melbourne will arguably be the greatest indicator of whether tennis is about to enter a new chapter.

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Few doubt Djokovic will win another slam, but – as Mats Wilander has asked – Medvedev’s ability to get one over the world No 1 could bring with it a shift in mentality for others near the top as well.

This has certainly been the case in women’s tennis, with Williams’ stranglehold loosening as a new generation found a way to combat her supremacy, and this exciting unpredictability heading into each slam could soon be replicated on the men’s side as well.

Djokovic will hope that isn’t the case, but thanks to Medvedev and Raducanu we can certainly entertain the prospect of more memorable slams in 2022.

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'Everything starts with the mind' – Richardson on Raducanu's greatest strength

Emma Raducanu’s coach has hailed the Brit’s extraordinary US Open success by saying her mental strength was key to her winning the title.

The 18-year-old ended a 44-year wait for a British female winner at a Grand Slam and became the first qualifier to win a major in tennis history with her 6-4 6-3 victory over fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York on Saturday evening.

47-year-old Andrew Richardson joined Raducanu’s team shortly after Wimbledon, guiding her through the American hard court swing, which saw her compete at the Silicon Valley Classic and make the final of the Chicago Challenger on her way to a stunning triumph at Flushing Meadows.

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“For me, the biggest strength she has is the mind,” Richardson said.

Raducanu did not drop a set in any of her ten matches – including qualifiers – during the tournament.

I think everything starts with the mind and the strength she has shown throughout the trip; and the resilience she has showed (sic).

The pair have worked together in various capacities since Raducanu was 10 years old, and it has been revealed that Richardson set out targets for her that were not purely based on results.

Asked about whether there had been discussions between the pair about what the future holds, Richardson said:

I’m sure when we get back to England, we’ll sit down and see what the plans are, so we’ll see.

“This is obviously a moment that doesn’t happen very often so I’m going to enjoy that, and I think she should as well,” he added.

With her US Open victory, Raducanu has jumped from 150th to 23rd place in the WTA rankings, after earning a record 2040 points during her time in New York.

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