“Don’t Think Any of Them Will Win 20 Grand Slams”: Andy Murray on Next Generation Stars Taking Over Big 3

Published 10/26/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece after beating Andy Murray of Great Britain on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Andy Murray is the only undisputed player ever who came close to being associated with the big three of tennis: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. However, with changing times, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and others are looking forward to taking over their mantle. The question is: who among the next generation stars is likely to dominate in the future? Well, Murray gave his two cents on this debate.

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First and foremost, he chose the reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev as his best bet on hard courts. Then, he reflected on the talents of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Carlos Alcaraz. But eventually, the Scot claimed that none of the next-generations stars could match Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic’s feat, that is, winning 20 Grand Slam titles.

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Andy Murray on next-generation stars vs. Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic

In an interview with RTBF.be in Antwerp, Andy Murray lauded Daniil Medvedev for his domination on hard court. However, he also highlighted the Russian’s struggles on the clay surface.

“For me, right now, Medvedev is best equipped to win on hard. He just won the US Open, but before that, his hard results were excellent. I think his game is more complete than the others; on clay, it’s hard to say,” Murray said.

(All quotes are translated from French to English via Google Translate).

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain hits to Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the Scot added that World No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas is “not bad at all,” but “there are several other guys who could win too.” Murray then noticed that there aren’t any specialists on the grass-court either, recalling Medvedev and Tsitsipas’ struggle.

Following this, the 34-year-old opened up on the future of 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz.

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“I also think of Alcaraz, who has enormous potential but who is still young. There are quite a few guys who could aim for the top of the basket.”

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) reacts after winning a point during in his second round match against Andy Murray (GBR) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Conclusively, Murray stated that the next five years would show who gains the upper hand on the men’s circuit.

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“But I don’t think any of them will manage to win 20 Grand Slams like the 3 monsters did,” Murray ended.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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