After winning one-sided semifinals that few will remember in years to come, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal will face off in a blockbuster Australian Open decider on Sunday that offers much more than a clash of great players.
The four greatest male players in modern tennis – who between them have won more than £400 million across 16 years – arrive in Melbourne aware that their days as a dominant entity are numbered, if not already history.
Roger Federer handed Nick Kyrgios a 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 tennis masterclass by storming into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday with a ruthless display that left the Australian talking to himself and waving the white flag.
Novak Djokovic finally clinched the title missing from his resume with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Roger Federer on Sunday to win in Cincinnati and become the first player to complete the sweep of Masters series tournaments on Sunday.
Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas secured the biggest win of his career when he sent Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic packing in the third round of the Rogers Cup with a stunning 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 win on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic showed flashes of brilliance during a testing second-round match against Jaume Munar but he is still searching for the form that saw him become a true challenger to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
Novak Djokovic won his first match for three months at Monte Carlo Masters on Monday and said his reunion with his long-time coach, Marian Vajda, would be “a fresh start” following his split with Andre Agassi.