U.S. Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish previewed the 2021 US Open through two lenses while doing press for Breaking Point, the forthcoming Netflix documentary about his battle with an anxiety disorder.
“Look, on one hand, we were looking ahead after Wimbledon and thinking, ‘Man, how epic is the US Open going to be with all three of the guys at 20 Slams?’” he said on Tuesday of the Big 3 and their three-way tie of major victories. “We all just assumed they’d all be here, battling it out for No. 21. It’s unfortunate that Roger and Rafa are injured, and that Dominic Thiem isn’t here to defend his title. I’ve won tournaments, obviously not Slams, but still, I know how much fun it is to come back to a tournament as defending champion.
“On the other hand, there’s a new generation and new crop of guys coming up, a lot of whom we saw in Cincinnati. We saw how the results shook out on the men’s side and how there’s this new sort of Top 4 outside of Novak: Andrey Rublev, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev. They really showed up to play the semifinals, and it’s clear those guys are the future of the game. I think the game is in good hands.”