Novak Djokovic: We are trying to prolong change in men’s tennis but it is coming fast
Novak Djokovic says it is inevitable that change at the top is coming on the ATP Tour, and it has never felt closer.
Djokovic, along with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have monopolised the top three rankings and the vast majority of the Grand Slams for over a decade.
During that time, many challengers have come and gone, with only really Andy Murray able to consistently muscle in on the act.
However, with the years advancing and a particularly strong group of young players gathering beneath them, Djokovic does not believe the ‘big three’ can hold off the charge for much longer.
“I think it’s a logical and a natural cycle. Roger, Rafa and I were saying that it’s going to happen that we’re going to be replaced in the top three spots and the new guys are going to start winning Slams,” Djokovic told the press in Dubai.
“We’re trying to prolong that kind of change in men’s tennis, but it’s inevitable that it’s going to happen and each year they are coming closer and closer.
“Dominic Thiem played finals of Roland Garros back-to-back. Tsitsipas now won the year-end championships, Alexander Zverev won London the year before.
“They’re definitely out there challenging the best players in the world and they want to be the best players in the world and they will be, they will become eventually.
“They are already established top-five, top-10 players and our task is that doesn’t happen very soon but it seems like it’s coming closer and closer.”
‘It feels great,’ says Hubert Hurkacz after starting 2021 with Delray Beach Open trophy
Hubert Hurkacz captures second ATP Tour title.
Australian Open drama as player reveals he was allowed to board flight despite positive COVID-19 test
Tennys Sandgren allowed to board flight despite positive test.
Rafael Nadal suffers Australian Open setback as his coach Carlos Moya opts not to travel Down Under
Carlos Moya won’t be in Rafael Nadal’s box.
Notable Australian Open qualifiers: From Tsvetana Pironkova and Francesca Jones to Bernard Tomic
Oli Jefford on the notable Australian Open qualifiers.
‘I’m really happy to keep winning,’ says Aryna Sabalenka after capturing third title in a row
Another tournament, another title for Aryna Sabalenka.
Francesca Jones overcame injury and ‘wee mental breakdown’ ahead of Australian Open qualifying
Jones is in the main draw of Australian Open.
Naomi Osaka backed to win ‘another five to 10 majors as she that all-court game right’
How many Grand Slams will Naomi Osaka win?
Francesca Jones reaches maiden Grand Slam main draw after coming through Australian Open qualifying
Jones secured a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
‘I’m fired up,’ says Sebastian Korda after beating Cameron Norrie to reach maiden ATP Tour final
Sebastian Korda too good for Cameron Norrie.
‘You have left us here heartbroken’ – Juan Martin del Potro’s poignant tribute to his late father
An emotional letter from Juan Martin del Potro.