Hubert Hurkacz’ Coach Optimistic About Emerging Players Breaking the Supremacy of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Published 12/23/2021, 5:30 AM EST


Hubert Hurkacz and coach Craig Boynton enjoyed a successful 2021 season. Clinching three titles on the ATP Tour, getting inside the top 10, and defeating Roger Federer at Wimbledon were the highlights of the year for the Pole and his coach. Recently, Craig discussed the dominance of the new “top three,” namely Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev, in an interview.

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Boynton believes that in the coming times, there will be no dominance like the one displayed by the ‘Big 3’, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer.

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Hubert Hurkacz’ coach talks about Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s dominance

Hubert Hurkacz‘ coach, Craig Boynton, has shaped the Polish tennis player into a potential star. After a remarkable season in which Hurkacz won his first Masters title, Boynton discussed the future of tennis.

The coach said, “We are in a regrouping phase at the moment. There is Top 3, that is Djoković, Daniil Medvedev and Rafa Nadal. Novak is at the top, but Danił overwhelms the differences very quickly. With Rafa, a lot depends primarily on health.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

However, Boynton feels that new rising players have the capability to break the Big Three’s dominance. The coach also gave the example of Hubert defeating the great Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2021.

Craig further added, “It’s a great time, lots of new faces, people hungry for success. Medvedev triumphed in the US Open showed them that winning great titles is not impossible.”

(Quotes have been translated using Google Translate)

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Djokovic still unsure about Australian Open 2022 participation

The nine-time Australian Open champion, Novak Djokovic, is yet to confirm his availability for the Happy Slam in 2022. While tournament director Craig Tiley is optimistic to see Rafael Nadal at Melbourne Park, he still hasn’t received any updates on Djokovic’s decision.

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 19, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his group stage match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

With the tournament drawing closer, it’ll be intriguing to see how this saga unfolds. Do you think the next gen stars will break through the ‘Big 3’ barrier in 2022? Let us know in the comments.

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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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