US Open Second Service: Naomi Osaka questions future; Carlos Alcaraz a future number one
On Second Service today, Naomi Osaka questions her future after her shock third round defeat at the US Open and Carlos Alcaraz will be a future world number one according to Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
Firstly, Naomi Osaka was left devastated after she was stunned by 18-year-old Leylah Annie Fernandez on Arthur Ashe.
The Japanese star, who lifted the title in New York 12 months ago, questioned her future in the sport after her defeat.
“This is very hard to articulate,” said Osaka. “Basically I feel like I’m kind of at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match. Sorry.
“I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.”
From devastation to jubilation, Carlos Alcaraz recorded the win of his career so far to down third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round.
Following the heroics of the Spanish teenager, former world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov predicts Alcaraz to reach the top himself.
Alcaraz will be number 1️⃣ in 3 year maximum
— Kafelnikov Yevgeny (@KYevgeni) September 3, 2021
In other news, Novak Djokovic admitted he believes the discussion surrounding him, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is good for tennis.
The world number one is the only member of the illustrious group playing at the US Open this year, but that does not mean that the conversation about them is quiet.
“It’s difficult to say who is better,” Djokovic explained at a tournament press conference. “Three of us, we’re all so different.
“We all have different styles. We have different trajectories or journeys to where we are at this moment. We all had tremendous success, some more particularly on one surface, some the other surface.”
Alexander Zverev is in the form of his life and playing the best tennis he ever has according to Mats Wilander.
Zverev came into Flushing Meadows in excellent form, having won singles gold at the Tokyo Olympics before claiming a fifth Masters 1000 title at the Cincinnati Open.
“I love watching Sascha (Zverev) play because he plays so fast in between points and then he serves so fast and so hard,” Wilander said as an expert for Eurosport.
“He is playing so well,” Wilander adds. “To me, he is easily playing the best tennis I have ever seen him play.”
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