Novak Djokovic is in the center of attention, but we must not forget Rafael Nadal. As the Serbian ace steps towards the historic 21st Grand Slam of his career and a fantastic calendar slam after 52 years and Rod Laver, the Spaniard is recovering from left foot surgery and is patiently waiting to return to the field.
When that happens, there is no doubt that - with due respect to Medvedev, Tsitsipas, and Zverev - the currently ranked fifth on the ATP list will be the most serious challenger in the attempt to remove Novak Djokovic from the throne of the world ranking list.
Roger Federer is still, at least officially, relevant, but the question is whether the 40-year-old Swiss can play the tournament at a high level again. Especially the ones from the category of Grand Slams, which we saw at this year's Wimbledon when he was eliminated with zero in the quarterfinals by Hubert Hurkacz (6: 3, 7: 6, 6: 0).
On the other hand, five years younger Nadal still has hope that he could break the status of the best tennis player in the world. It is not known when we will see him on the field again, but he appeared on social networks in an optimistic mood this Saturday.
"Hello everyone, it's been a while since I spoke to you. I was with my team and doctors in Barcelona to have a foot treatment that will require me to rest for a few days and be off the field for a few more weeks."
"I'm coming home ( in Mallorca) in the recovery process. Thank you all for your support, "the Spaniard wrote with a photo of him holding crutches.
Nadal is currently lagging behind the leading Djokovic by as much as 3,298 points, and as the Serbian ace is currently playing, the question is whether he will be able to get closer to him and bring back the uncertainty in world tennis.
It is certain that he will have a much harder job after he returns from injury and that it will take him a long time to get used to and adapt to the tennis courts. Given how experienced Nadal is and how many times he has overcome various obstacles, no one doubts that his adjustment process will be fast, given how classy he is.
Still, Djokovic is in good shape and has no plans to stop. At the moment, no one can do anything to him, and we will see if Medvedev will still manage to stop him from breaking the record. Difficult, but not impossible