Darren Cahill: Youngsters will only win majors once Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal retire
Tennis coach Darren Cahill believes the NextGen stars will more than likely only start winning Grand Slams once Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have retired.
Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won 52 majors between them and they have also shared the last nine Slams, winning three each.
Outside of the Big Three, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka have won six Grand Slams between while Marin Cilic (2014 US Open) and Juan Martin del Potro (2009 US Open) are the only other players who have managed to get a look in over the past 15 years.
However, some youngsters have started to knock on the door, but they are yet to make a breakthrough at the Grand Slams and Cahill says they might only get that chance once Federer and Nadal call it a day.
“I think there is a bunch of young players coming through that are going to win majors over the next five or 10 years,” he told the ATP Tennis Podcast. “But they still need Novak, Rafa and Roger to retire. Novak, not so much because he is a little bit younger.
“For Rafa and Roger to still be doing what they are doing at their age, we are in a golden age.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen this before and we’ll never see it again.
“The dominance these guys have had over the last 10 or 15 years has been remarkable.
“Novak to be able to rip away 15 of those majors – and counting – has been remarkable as well.
“And when you throw in Andy Murray, who in any different era he may have won 12 or 14 Grand Slams.
“So the fact that he’s won three, and he has done it the hard way, won a couple of Olympic Gold medals, full credit to him because it’s been a very stingy era for everyone but Murray, Djokovic, Nadal and Federer.”
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