“Currently Only One Big Player”: Stefanos Tsitsipas on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 11/07/2021, 2:27 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic aging, it seems like the era of The Big Three will soon come to an end. However, while Djokovic looks like he’s in his prime, Federer and Nadal have started to show signs of slowing down. In a recent interview, Stefanos Tsitsipas conveyed his take on the debate.

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Tsitsipas feels there’s currently only one dominant player, Novak Djokovic. The Greek even went on to name the next Big Three, which included his name, too.

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Stefanos Tistsipas still considers Novak Djokovic the best in the world

The rising Greek player, Stefanos Tsitsipas, has offered some noteworthy performances this year on the tour. Despite playing in the finals of the French Open, he couldn’t seal the victory against Novak Djokovic. Just recently, in an interview, Tsitsipas was asked to comment on the next Big Three.

The interviewer asked, “The era of the big three, Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic, is drawing to a close. Who will the next big three be?” To this, World No. 3 replied, “There is currently only one big player: Novak Djokovic. He’s still the best in the world. But Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, and I get right behind it. We can become the next big three. I firmly believe in it.”

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after a service break in the fourth set against Adrian Mannarino of France on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Tsitsipas has surely made a huge statement here, as he named the next Big Three. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are still regarded as the Big Three because of their exceptional numbers on the ATP tour for almost two decades. Also, despite being World No.3, Tsitsipas named himself after the German Alexander Zverev, who is the current World No. 4.

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Tsitsipas fell short against the Serb at French Open 2021

The foremost reason the Greek considers Novak Djokovic as the World No.1 would be because of his encounter against him at French Open. Both Djokovic and Tsitsipas cruised past some of the finest players to make their way to the finals. The Greek was playing his first Grand Slam final. Subsequently, Tsitsipas showed his aggression and snatched the first two sets from Novak Djokovic.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 13, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas after winning their final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

However, World No.1 had other plans. Having been in such situations many times in his career, Djokovic pulled off a remarkable five-set victory. The Serb lifted his 19th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros with an exquisite win over Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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