Novak Djokovic may still be the best player in men’s tennis but, in the self-inflicted absence of the world No1
, Dominic Thiem, 27, can fairly lay claim to be leading the charge of the new wave of contenders after beating 23-year-old Alexander Zverev to win the 2020 US Open on Sunday evening.Djokovic, 33, is waiting with 34-year-old Rafael Nadal for these impatient arrivistes to show up on the clay of Rome this week (Roger Federer remains at home resting his 39-year-old knees), and beyond that lies Roland Garros, the postponed and final slam
of a disjointed, crazy season
. Whatever Federer and Serena Williams believe, age is not just a number; it’s a pain in the backside. Related: Dominic Thiem's lifelong dedication finally pays off with maiden grand slam title
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