‘Big three’ finally displaced?
The tennis world has been talking of the changing of the guard, the Next Gen, for most of the past three years. Just when injuries and surgeries have cropped up for Grand Slam winners Juan Martin Del Potro, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, alongside the ‘Big three’ defying all logic, a gap for major glory has been slowly growing.
Obviously, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will remain in the picture, but finally, it appears a crop of players believe they can do damage on the Grand Slam stage.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was hailed ATP Finals champion, is now the front runner, but Dominic Thiem was also electric at the season-ending finale.
Daniil Medvedev, fearless in his approach en route to the US Open final, joins the line-up.
Too many players have been intimidated in the past. This trio realise they have to dictate the matches against the ‘big three’, they have to go for most shots at the finest of margins. It has worked for this triumvirate as a combination several times in 2019 and next season must be their statement season, to lift a Grand Slam.
There is just a sense that a new Grand Slam champion will arrive.