Who Has the Better Chance Between Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic To Win Their 21st at US Open

Published 08/11/2021, 9:55 AM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


As we come towards the final Grand Slam event of the season, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are expected to give it their best shot at the last opportunity of this year. However, none of these three athletes are competing in either of the ATP Masters 1000 events towards the build-up to the US Open. 

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Roger Federer has been out of action since his exit at the Wimbledon Championships. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic has exhausted himself with the number of events he has competed in lately. At last, Rafael Nadal has been suffering from a foot injury which had kept him out of action since the French Open exit. 

INDIAN WELLS, CA – MARCH 15: Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands at the net after his straight sets victory against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their fourth round match during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic edges past Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the bid for 21st title 

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Since it’s come down to one final shot at Grand Slam glory this season, we take a closer look as to which players will have a better opportunity to outdo each other. However, with the way things have gone about this season, one cannot find another candidate to choose from besides the Serbian machine, who has won all three Grand Slam events this season. 

In case there are any obstacles in the Serb’s way, the second favorite would be Rafa. In recent years, he has registered successful performances on the US hardcourts and if he can recover in time from his injury, he will have a good shot. 

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PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland great each other as they cross over training sessions on Court Philippe-Chatrier at the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

At the end of the day, one cannot rule out the Swiss maestro. The experience under his belt at times is enough to get the better of opponents. He is a tactical genius when it comes to executing a game plan against the top guys on Tour. Although he has not won on US soil for a while, he still is a five-time champion at Flushing Meadows. 

Nonetheless, it will be a treat for the fans to watch all the top three big names of the sport compete it out for their 21st Grand Slam titles. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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