Tennis comes down to earth

Miami gives the baton to the clay court season, where the rebuilt Big Three is already waiting, with Nadal, Djokovic and Federer, in addition to Thiem.

The Masters 1,000 in Miami on Sunday crowned Hubert Hurkacz, a 24-year-old Pole who was not labeled among the NextGen alternatives. Rather, it sounds like a punctual blow of inspiration, an ephemeral champion, although in sport you never know. Who will be talking about is his rival in the final, the Italian Jannik Sinner, a 19-year-old pearl who knocks on the door of the future number one. Miami was raised as an opportunity for vindication for those players who have found themselves in the shadow of the Big Three and for those who aspire to occupy its throne. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer were not completely absent in a Masters 1,000 since 2004. But none of the loudest names of the revelation generation really took advantage of the occasion: neither Medvedev, who debuted world number two, nor Tsitsipas, nor Zverev, nor Rublev… Just that cheeky Sinner, younger than them, running for the longest term. And, of course, Hurkacz, whom we will see if we should include in the group or, as it seems, will remain in bloom for a week.

Miami gives up the baton to the gravel season, where Nadal, Djokovic and Federer are already waiting, as well as Thiem. This week begins in Marbella and Sardinia the European tour on this surface, which had held tournaments in South America. We are on the eve of Monte Carlo, where Rafa Nadal will return, aiming for his 12th title, a galactic record. If we stick to the words of his doctor, Ángel Ruiz Cotorro, "he is training hard", always with the ultimate goal of Roland Garros, if it can be held on its original dates due to the pandemic. Women also start in Bogotá and Charleston, where Garbiñe Muguruza plays at his favorite time of year. Tennis comes down to earth with presumably Spanish prominence. And with the Big Three recomposed.

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