Who will replace Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic? Andy Murray shares his views
Andy Murray has named three players whom he believes will eventually replace tennis’ Big Three, but he warns it is unlikely they will end Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s dominance in the next 18 months.
Federer (38), Nadal (33) and Djokovic (32) have won 54 Grand Slams between them and they only seem to be getting better with age as they have shared the last 11 major titles.
And the question on most tennis fans’ lips is: When will the so-called Next Generation take over the baton from the veterans?
Former world No 1 Murray warns the changing of the guard won’t happen overnight.
“I can see something happening in the next couple of years. Maybe the next 12-18 months I don’t quite see it. But in 18 months to two years I think we’ll see some changes up there,” he told ATPTour.com.
“I think it will mainly come from the younger ones. That’s not to say that some of the older guys couldn’t potentially win a Slam. I just don’t see one of them becoming dominant. Potentially some of the younger guys get up to the top four or five in the world and stay there for a long period.”
But who has the potential to replace Federer, Nadal and Djokovic at the top?
Murray believes Felix Auger-Aliassime (19), Stefanos Tsitsipas (20) and Alexander Zverev (22) are best poised.
“I like Felix. I like his game; physically he’s very strong and he looks good mentally,” the three-time Grand Slam winner said. “He’s still young so he’ll need a little time. Tsitsipas has a really nice game; he’s a good athlete and his personality is great. He’s fun to watch. He has an all-round game that allows him to play well on all surfaces, which is important if you want to get up there and stay up there.
“Obviously Zverev has a lot of potential and he’s won the most of the young guys. If you have a few bad months it’s easy for people to forget that and start writing you off. But he’s a young guy who can improve a lot.
“They would be the three right now. But there could be 17-, 18-year-olds out there who I haven’t seen play much who could break through.
“Dominic Thiem has been in Slam finals and is improving all the time. He’s got a great work ethic and a big game. I see him coming through and he could potentially win majors. But in terms of dominating, I think the guys at the top will stay around a little too long for that to happen.”
Emma Raducanu announces new sponsorship deal as she reveals how decision to become brand ambassador was influenced
Dior the latest to link up with Emma Raducanu.
The famous Wimbledon queues will return in 2022 as All England Club reveals changes to the schedule
Covid restrictions meant all tickets for the 2021 tournament were sold online.
Novak Djokovic gives update on his 2021 schedule as he also reveals when he will return to training
Novak Djokovic gives update on 2021 schedule.
Incredible footage of US Open champ Emma Raducanu playing Indian Wells winner Paula Badosa
Emma Raducanu took on Paula Badosa at a Futures tournament in Bolton two years ago.
Cameron Norrie inspired by Emma Raducanu’s US Open win, but says it’s ’50-50′ about which story is more believable
Emma Raducanu “inspired me a little bit, that was crazy”, says Cameron Norrie.
Andy Murray backs Kim Clijsters to win at highest level again with Scot impressed by her ball-striking
“I’m sure she can still win matches at the highest level.”
Novak Djokovic reveals ‘I still don’t know if I will’ play in Australian Open as he vows to stay mum over vaccine status
Questions over Djokovic’s participation in Aus Open.
Unvaccinated tennis players warned they are unlikely to receive visas for the 2022 Australian Open
Victoria has a vaccination mandate for professional athletes.
ATP Rankings: Roger Federer out of the top 10, Cameron Norrie into top 20, Andy Murray plunges
This week’s ATP Rankings update.
Cameron Norrie ‘a great example for not just British players but all tennis players’, says Andy Murray
Cameron Norrie has climbed to 15th in the ATP Rankings after winning the BNP Paribas Open.