With many pundits in tennis predicting that 2020 will be the year where the dominance of the Big Three in grand slams will come to an end, the current world No.1 is taking it all in his stride.
Rafael Nadal leads the illustrious pack of players, who currently occupies the top three spots in the ATP rankings. The other members are Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Between them, they have won 51 out of the last 59 grand slam tournaments. Only twice in the last 59 major events has a final taken place without one of the Big Three featuring in the final.
Despite their dominance, there is a growing indication that those hoping to take over are gathering momentum. This season has seen both Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev score their maiden Masters titles. Meanwhile, at the end-of-year ATP Finals, it was Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas who was victorious.
“It’s normal that there’s a buzz around them and it will get louder because we’re getting older every day and they’re getting better every day.“ Nadal said during a recent interview with as.com.
“Every year they’re improving. I think that they can win the biggest tournaments, like Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Thiem did this year. I think that (Dennis) Shapovalov is going to make a big step up this year and (Jannik) Sinner’s trajectory is incredible. They’re here to stay.”
Full article and images courtesy of https://www.ubitennis.net/2019/12/rafael-nadal-undaunted-growing-threat-next-gen/