Tags: Djokovic, Novak

For Rafael Nadal, the U.S. Open Has Become a Comfort Zone

Rafael Nadal struggled to acclimate to New York in his early United States Opens. In his first five appearances, he did not reach even a semifinal; within that span, he had won at least one title at the three other Grand Slam events. Things have changed dramatically in recent years, however: The courts have slowed,…

Rafael Nadal Shows Why the Young Guard Will Have to Wait

For a tennis champion devoted to his routines, Rafael Nadal has certainly managed to navigate plenty of change. Signs of the times were everywhere as he prevailed in a draining and dazzling United States Open final over Daniil Medvedev on Sunday night. When Nadal won his first United States Open in 2010, there was no…

In Tennis, Hugging at the Net Is the New Handshake

Not that long ago, Naomi Osaka was struggling to adapt to the shifting tradition in tennis of using hugs instead handshakes as the gesture of grace at the end of a match. “I’m told that I give out the worst hugs,” Osaka said last year, after winning the United States Open at 20 years old.…