In a press conference after beating Martina Trevisan in the second round, Belinda Bencic expressed her opinion on the complicated situation of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. She said: "Obviously I hope that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be able to return to the circuit soon.
However, I cannot answer this question with certainty, it should be asked of those directly concerned. I personally hope with all my heart to see Roger on the pitch again. I am quite optimistic about it, also because I know how much he is in love with tennis.
All that remains is to wait and hope that things go well." Without Federer and Wawrinka, the spotlight is all on Bencic. The Swiss added: "I don't feel too much pressure, there are four Swiss players in the main draw of these US Open.
I'm not the only one who has the opportunity to do well. For sure, I am very happy and proud to keep the Swiss name high in tournaments where Roger and Stan are missing." Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had to miss the second consecutive US Open 2021, both due to injury.
The Swiss champion will undergo knee surgery for the third time in the past year and a half, after playing just 13 matches in all of 2021. Many problems also for the Spaniard, who has experienced a troubled season due to back problems and especially to the foot.
The 35-year-old from Manacor tried to return to the field in Washington, but it was immediately evident that the pain had not disappeared. A few days later, the 13-time Roland Garros winner announced his forfeit in New York and ended his year prematurely.
If we add to the absences of Roger and Rafa those of Serena and Venus Williams, it is not difficult to understand that we are witnessing the end of an era.
US Open 2021: Djokovic in the 4th round, Barty eliminated!
On the hard-courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing Meadows, New York), the matches of the highly anticipated US Open 2021 are being played, the last Grand Slam of the season, during which there will be the absences of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.
Novak Djokovic qualified for the 4th round of the US Open 2021 thanks to the victory in four sets obtained against Kei Nishikori, with final score of 6-7 6-3 6-3 6-2, despite the opening set of disadvantage. The Serbian champion did not appear in the best shape of him and made too many unforced errors, but he still had the strength to win the match.
Jannik Sinner has eliminated Gael Monfils in five sets by scores of 7-6 (1), 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-4 and will now play in the fourth round against German Alexander Zverev. Also Matteo Berrettini e Reilly Opelka reached the 4th round.
World no.1 Ashleigh Barty was eliminated from the US Open 2021 4th round by North American player Shelby Rogers, with the final score of 2-6 6-1 6-7, after three brilliant sets. In the first set Barty made many mistakes with her forehand, in addition to 17 non-forced mistakes.
Rogers, who had already lost 5 more times this season against the Australian, said after the match: "Before entering the field I told myself that I would not want to lose for the sixth time by Ashleigh playing the same way, so I forced myself to playing more wisely, shooting less hard, resisting the temptation to look for the winners and also playing a little higher balls, as they did in the Under 12s.
The crowd is probably what made me win tonight It was incredible, I had goosebumps: I don't know if it's normal when you play tennis, but it happened. "
Below the highlights of the match. In the women's singles, Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and the very young Emma Raducanu also reached the 4th round.