Not likely….the Alc looks superior in almost every facet of the game, his path pretty much assured to his first Major. I felt from the start of the tournament that he was set to do well.
If he wins he will be number 1 ranked because of the whole Wimbledon points debacle. Does that make him number one? Not really, Nadal and the Joker won the three most contested Majors this year…..they remain ahead. As do Medvedev and Zverev, who comfortably lead him head to head and both of whom were not factors in the US Open.
So assuming he wins tomorrow Traz will have won a Major without having faced any of his 4 most dangerous competitors. Instead he played perennial flop Tiafoe in the semi.
So where does this leave Traz. Probably as the most likely successor to the Big 3 because he is young and has a complete game. His net game is pretty spectacular for example. But is he just the next Thiem….a bright flash.
Hard to say, his real competitors haven’t emerged yet. And so much of his arsenal is energy, that’s not going to improve with age. He is a high revving engine. The rest of his game is fully developed. My guess is his very astute coaches will be trying for more tactical variation, Cilic showed he can be outplayed from the baseline. He needs a Plan B.
Time will tell where he slots in, I don’t think Sinneris going to be his real competitor, others will emerge.