“It Would Happen This Year” – Alexander Zverev on Dethroning Big Three

Published 04/25/2020, 4:37 PM EDT


The tennis world is anticipating a new Grand Slam champion with every passing Major. But time and again, the titles keep revolving amongst the Big Three. The up and coming young players are unable to break their rhythm. However, Germany’s number one tennis player, Alexander Zverev believes the NextGen will be gate-crashing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic‘s party soon.

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After the conclusion of ATP Finals in 2019, the tournament reassured everyone tennis is in good hands. Once the three liege lords hang their racquets up, the spectators will still be enjoying the sport with the same level of enthusiasm.

Dominic Thiem was successful in beating Federer and Djokovic back to back in London last year. Zverev had steamrolled over Rafa in their opening match. Also, Stefanos Tsitsipas‘ sleek tennis stopped Federer in the semifinals. Later in the finals, Tsitsipas and Thiem put up a captivating show that incorporated quality tennis.

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“I expected it would happen this year. Well, I expected one of the younger players would win a Grand Slam tournament this year at least. We saw it at the end of 2019,” Alexander Zverev said.

“The ATP Finals in London finished with Tsitsipas and Thiem playing for the title. I made semifinals and Federer was the only one of the legends to make the last four.”

There was a hint of a ‘changing of the guard'” – Alexander Zverev 

Incidentally, at Australian Open 2020, Thiem was successful in stopping the previous year’s finalist and top-seed Nadal in the quarterfinals. Later, he fell short of few games from making his breakthrough at a Grand Slam. given the young players’ recent accomplishments, Zverev foresees the torch being passed on soon. 

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“Thiem and I played semifinals at the Australian Open and we played a great match – and Dominic really did have a shot against Djokovic in the finals. There was a hint of a ‘changing of the guard’” Sascha added.

When Roger Federer turned 28 in 2010, the tennis world saw a little deterioration in his form. Even pundits began predicting his retirement. Also, in 2009, when Rafael Nadal lost the first French Open match of his career, the media came up with headlines stating, “Nadal’s knee problems might force him to end his career in the near future.”

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And then, Novak Djokovic’s elbow issues in 2017 felt like a fall of a glass tower from tennis. In the midst of all the adversity and hopelessness, the ‘Big Three’ never stopped believing in themselves. They’ve overcome all obstacles, and continue to prove themselves invincible in the sport of tennis, time and again.

The trio continues to dominate on the professional tennis circuit. They make and break records and refuse to pass the torch to the young guns. A decade ago, even the best of tennis experts wouldn’t have imagined the utter level dominance by the three players that we are seeing in the present era. And yes, the sport won’t witness anything similar to the ‘Big Three’ style of tennis in the forthcoming years.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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