Daniil Medvedev uncertain of current generation matching Federer, Nadal or Djokovic


Daniil Medvedev uncertain of current generation matching “The Big Three”, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been the ‘big three’ of tennis for almost two decades now. The trio have dominated the game like none other stars have done before.

If you are a tennis fan – the first three names that will come to your mind will be either Federer, Nadal or Djokovic and rightly so. The trio has 60 Grand Slams titles between them, with each winning 20 to date.

No one has dominated that grass as well as Federer and when it comes to clay Nadal is called the “King of Clay.” And when it comes to hard courts – Djokovic is second to none.

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Federer and Nadal rivalry is one of the most famous among tennis fans

As every good thing comes to an end – age and time are not definitely on the side of these legends of the game. Federer is already 40 and is on the verge of retirement. Meanwhile, both Djokovic and Nadal are well above 30 and surely in a few years time we will see the end of them as well.

Talking about the same, current World No.2 Daniil Medevev said that tennis would survive after the trio but whether his generation will match the Grand Slam success they had is impossible to talk about.

“When there was (Bjorn) Borg and (John) McEnroe, when they were close, finished their careers, everybody was like, ‘tennis is over, we won’t ever have any great players, it’s finished’.

“It’s the same here. Tennis is a great sport, so I don’t see why our generation would miss out on something. Of course, maybe we don’t (win) 20 Grand Slams (each), yet nobody did before Roger, Rafa and Novak, so they were (all in a way) also worse than them… It’s definitely not going to be shameful (if we win less).”

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the winner’s trophy and Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds the runners-up plate during the presentation after the men’s singles final at the 2019 Wimbledon Championship. (Getty Images)

Current stars to take over their legacy!

Alexander Zverev (24), Stefanos Tsitsipas (23) and Dominic Thiem (28) along with Medevev have been tipped as the tennis players who can be dubbed as superstars in upcoming years.

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Medvedev has already beaten Djokovic to earn his first Grand Slam title at September’s US Open. Meanwhile, Thiem won the same Grand Slam in 2020. Zverev and Tsitsipas are both still searching for their first major title.

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