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With the 2021 season now all but wrapped up, all eyes are turning to 2022. On the ATP circuit, it feels like a changing of the guard is taking place. Nadal has missed the second half of 2021. Djokovic has failed to win the US Open and the end of year masters. And Federer is pretty much written off until Wimbledon at the absolute earliest. This kind of disruption hasn’t happened for years concerning ATP competitions. It’s always been the big three, but now, are times changing?
Specifically, will the big three even be taking any of the Grand Slams in 2022? Or will some other rising stars step up and solidify the end of an era? Let’s find out.
Grand Slam winners in 2022 – a blow by blow
The Australian Open is only a couple of months away at the time of writing. So while the circuit is taking a break for Christmas and New Year, the players certainly won’t be. The off-season is where plenty of gains and improvements can be made, and we have a feeling that certain players will be red hot in 2022:
This is the slam that Novak Djokovic has absolutely dominated. He has won the tournament a sensational 9 times, and if he was to compete in 2022, he’d be going for the big 10. Of course, that would be absolutely ridiculous, but he is facing stiff competition. Two guys have been killing it on hard courts over the last few months, and those guys are Medvedev and Zverev. In my opinion, one of these three will win the Aussie, no question about it.
Nadal might have lost to Djokovic in the 2021 French Open, but he is still the King of Clay. He can’t be written off to win the 2022 instalment, although he has had significant time away from the circuit. At the French, I still feel Nadal is the favourite, although if Thiem can get back to full fitness, it could be his year. In addition, Tsitsipas and Djokovic are very good on clay too!
I feel that right now, Djokovic is just untouchable on the grass courts. In 2021, Djokovic completed his Wimbledon hat-trick. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t think anyone posed a significant threat to his title defence. I firmly expect that he will clean up the tournament yet again in 2022.
In the last 4 years, there have been 4 different US Open champions. So out of all of the other slams, this one has been the most ‘up for grabs’ of them all. The rapid hard courts at the US Open definitely suit guys with big serves and big groundstrokes. That’s why guys like Zverev and Medvedev have been such a threat there in recent years. In my opinion, these two have a great shot, but again, if Dominic Thiem is fully fit, he poses a real threat due to how big he can hit the ball too.