Stefanos Tsitsipas Gets Real About Tennis Without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 12/30/2021, 5:00 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)


Over the past two decades, tennis has been dominated by three names, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. The fact that these players have won 20 Grand Slam titles each clearly highlights their supremacy across the sport. 

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Recently, Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas reflected on the authority these big three players have contributed towards. However, he feels that sooner or later, the era of these athletes is going to come to an end. 

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There will be changes post the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic era 

Things will get interesting as there will be a change once Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic end their careers and walk away from the sport. On the contrary, Tsitsipas is eager to see which players from the next generation will step out and pick up the mantle. 

Speaking on this subject, the French Open finalist stated, “I guess that’s how it is going to be generally in a few years’ time. Let’s see how tennis works out without the top three. I really want to see which players are going to prevail at this point.”

At the moment, Federer is 40 years old, Nadal is 35 years old and Djokovic is 34 years old. They are not getting any younger and at the same time, the younger players are growing in confidence as well as in skill set. They have already begun registering wins against the big three, but it is just a matter of time when the flow becomes consistent. 

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However, it doesn’t look like their dominance is going to end anytime soon. Djokovic won three out of four Grand Slam titles this year. Nadal won his 13th Roland Garros title in 2020. Federer is the oldest, yet he still manages to compete against the top players in the game.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (left) and Roger Federer after the Men’s Singles semi-final match on day seven of the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena, London. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

All the focus currently is on the 2022 season. It will be interesting to see how the big three perform at the Grand Slam events. On the other side, it will also be interesting to see how the players from the younger generations perform. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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