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Analysis: In men’s tennis, these three champions aren’t ready to go away

While so much attention in the sport has been focused recently on trying to figure out who will break up the dominance of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, it might just be more fun to contemplate – from now until the Australian Open in January, at least – how that trio’s competition for the most major championships will end up when they’ve all walked away from the game.

Rafael Nadal fights past Matteo Berrettini into U.S. Open final

Rafael Nadal moved closer to his fourth US Open championship and 19th Grand Slam title overall by pulling away for a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 semifinal victory over Matteo Berrettini. Nadal will face Daniil Medvedev in the final. Medvedev reached his first major title match by beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal wins fifth Rogers Cup title, beating Medvedev

Rafael Nadal won his fifth Rogers Cup title, beating Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 in just 70 minutes. The 33-year-old Nadal won the event for the third time in Montreal. The first came in 2005 at age 19 over Andre Agassi, and the second in 2013. Nadal won in Toronto in 2008 and 2018.

Rafael Nadal captures record 12th French Open title

For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

Novak Djokovic routs Rafael Nadal for record seventh Australian Open title

In a breathtakingly mistake-free performance that yielded a remarkably lopsided result, No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic overwhelmed Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win a record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title, raising his count to 15 overall.

‘Barbecued chicken’: Frances Tiafoe’s Australia run ended by Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is back to feeling healthy. Probably not a coincidence that he’s back in the Australian Open semifinals. Nadal claimed 20 of his first 23 service points and saved the only two break chances he faced to end 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe’s best Grand Slam run with a dominating 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova advance in straight sets at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal has missed a lot of tennis since last September. He hasn’t missed a beat. The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire during his quarterfinal match last year. The 17-time major winner hasn’t played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. He also withdrew from a tune-up tournament in Brisbane because of a muscle strain in his thigh, mainly as a precaution, to ensure he’s fit for the season-opening major.

Rafael Nadal’s injury sends Juan Martin del Potro to U.S. Open final against Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his U.S. Open semifinal, on what he called “a bad movement.” It was a familiar pain, one that he’s dealt with off-and-on for years. The defending champion looked up at his guest box and indicated something was wrong. He tried to continue. Eventually, he could not. Nadal stopped playing after dropping the opening two sets Friday night, putting Juan Martin del Potro back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since winning the 2009 title at Flushing Meadows.

Serena Williams hits 18 aces in U.S. Open win

Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for a 10th consecutive appearance – she wasn’t there last year because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament – by picking her level up after a lull and using 18 aces to beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

He’s back: Novak Djokovic tops Rafael Nadal to reach 5th Wimbledon final

Novak Djokovic sent the strongest signal yet he is back at full strength by reaching his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over rival Rafael Nadal in a match suspended overnight. Djokovic is bidding for a fourth championship at the All England Club and 13th Grand Slam title overall. He will face Kevin Anderson in the final.