Over the next three days men's tennis will get a glimpse of what life will be like after Djokovic, Nadal and Federer.
A new champion will be crowned at the US Open – for the first time since 2014 – and do not try to tell the semi-finalists that the eventual winner will have taken some kind of shortcut.
'There's no Roger, Rafa, Novak but there is Daniil (Medvedev), Sascha (Zverev) , and Pablo (Carreno-Busta),' said the fourth member of the quartet, Dominic Thiem.
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'They're three amazing players. Every single one of us deserves this first major title, everybody will give it their all. Once we step on the court, the other three are forgotten anyway.'
The latter trio of names do not exactly roll off the tongue in the same way as the Big Three, or four when Andy Murray was in the group. But in future this weekend will probably come to be seen as the start of a broader transition.
On Thursday night the women's semis will be played, featuring Serena Williams against Victoria Azarenka, and Jennifer Brady against Naomi Osaka.
Thiem will meet last year's beaten finalist Medvedev and, irrespective of Djokovic's demise, it is no great surprise to see them facing off at this stage.
Russian star Daniil Medvedev was the finalist beaten by Spaniard Nadal at last year's US Open
In this year's semi-finals Medvedev meets Dominic Thiem whose stock continues to rise
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