The last round with Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Serena

For Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, it marks the end of an era. Rafa Nadal‘s exit from the US Open round of 16 was a significant turning point in the night’s events in the inescapable progression of the sporting era.

Serena Williams was absent from the women’s quarterfinal draw at Flushing Meadows, and Roger Federer, Nole Djokovic, and obviously the Majorcan were absent from the men’s quarterfinal draw. It hasn’t occurred in a Grand Slam since the US Open in 2003.

Without Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic, the Slam quarterfinals

Lleyton Hewitt is the top seed at the 2003 Australian Open, and Roger Federer is seeded sixth. However, Federer loses to Argentine Nalbandian in the fourth round in five sets. In the championship match against the unexpected German Rainer Schuttler, Andre Agassi wins the championship.

The tournament is won by Spain thanks to Juan Carlos Ferrero (3-0 to the Dutch Martin Verkerk), while in France Roger, seeded number 5, faces the Peruvian Luis Horna in the first round. At Wimbledon, Roger wins the first slam of his career by defeating Mark Philippoussis 7-6 6-2 7-6.

How is Serena Williams‘ current campaign? Importantly, before the worst stretch of her career, between 2004 and 2006, and after 2002, which ensured she would finish first in the WTA rankings. The Saginaw queen completes the Career Grand Slam by winning in Australia in both singles and doubles.

She defeats her sister Venus to get to the semifinals in France, establishing herself as Wimbledon‘s supreme champion in England. Like the next US Open, it is a part of tennis history. When Serena becomes hurt, she decides to withdraw from the competition, which Justin Henin later wins in an all-Belgian final against the top-ranked Kim Clijsters.

In the men’s draw, a young Rafa Nadal loses to El Aynaoui in the second round, while Roger Federer, the second-seeded player, loses to Nalbandian once more in the fourth round, and Andy Roddick wins the tournament. He will be the last American to do so, and moreover, ever then, Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Nole Djokovic, and Rafa Nadal have all appeared in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam. It was the start of a wonderful story, which is coming to an end at this very moment.