Lloyd Harris claimed that the youngest generation arrived at the pole position in the ATP Tour following Daniil Medvedev’s win at the US Open 2021.
Over the two decades, The Big Three, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have dominated the men’s game. And they have won 60 Grand Slam titles out of the last 73.
At the same time, Medvedev’s straight-set win over Djokovic at the US Open 2021 indicates that the youngest generation formed their regiment.Embed from Getty Images
When asked if any crack is beginning to appear on Big Three, Harris said, “Absolutely, it’s been coming for a while. It’s been hard for the younger generation to just crack into those Grand Slams.”
“Novak’s just been unstoppable until this very last match…I just think he came up against an extremely difficult opponent on the day. Daniil played some really good tennis throughout the whole summer and just kind of reflects this newer generation.”Embed from Getty Images
“This young generation is really coming through. If you look at the top 50 now, I think there are more young guys in there than there’s been in the last 20 years.”
“It just shows you… Felix [Auger-Aliassime] had a tremendous run [at the US Open] as well as Hurkacz, who got a Masters win in Miami, [and Casper] Ruud winning three titles…so this new generation is really coming through nicely and these are all the guys that I grew up with. It’s incredible how we’re all within one year from each other, between 1996 to 1998 almost, which is pretty incredible.”
“So, yes, I’ve known these guys for a long time, we’ve been competitive in the juniors already, and it’s nice to see all of us progressing and now I think it’s time to kick out the ‘Big Three’ and let the younger generation take over.”
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