Novak Djokovic recently won his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open 2021. Facing the World No.4 in Daniil Medvedev in the finals, the Serbian legend completely dominated the match and successfully defended his Australian Open title. The final scoreline of the match was 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.
Many experts and fans claimed that Daniil Medvedev might upset Novak Djokovic in the finals. They talked about the transition in tennis and how a takeover is happening in the sport from the ‘Big Three’ to the next-gen superstars.
However, both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic recently proved that they were still dominating the sport. Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou also believes the same and expressed his opinion on Twitter.
“Novak’s victory at the 2021 Australian Open confirms that the new generation hasn’t yet taken power over the Big 3, as many had commentated in December and January,” tweeted the French coach.
Mouratoglou reflected that Novak’s victory at the Australian Open 2021 is proof that the ‘Big Three’ are not done yet. They are still ahead of the next-gen superstars like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, and Dominic Thiem and continue to give them some tough fights.
In the same tweet, Mouratoglou highlighted the recent achievements of both Nadal and Djoker. According to him, Rafa is the King of Clay while Djokovic continues to dominate on every other Grand Slam surface. He also hoped that fans would soon witness Roger Federer back on the court as well.
“Rafa is still the king of clay and Novak dominates the GS on other surfaces. We hope to see Roger back soon.” added the coach.
It is a fact that the ‘Big Three’ have won about 90% Grand Slams in the last 17 years. Even though the next-gen players have the capacity to beat them, they fail to perform under pressure in tough games.
Fans are aware that the next-gen superstars have a wide range of skills. However, there’s a long way to go if they hope to carry forward the legacy of the ‘Big Three’ in tennis.