The top race in the world of tennis in about a decade is the story of “Big Four” including Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray. Due to a serious injury, former world No. 1 Andy Murray has plunged quite deep, almost giving way to the players in the remaining “Big 3” group.
Since the 2017 Australian Open, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic are the only three players taking turns to win those 11 titles. Even if Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal were out of 30, they were still able to dominate the contemporary tennis village. So which player will pass, or is it enough to approach the superstars mentioned above?
This is not a new question. Earlier names were also found to be able to bring down the current “Big Three” such as Del Potro, Grigor Dimitrov, Dominic Thiem, etc. but these players still have not done what the professionals know.
Nick Kyrios and Alexander Zverev also have the potential to become tennis racers in the future, but the “brightest” one is Stefanos Tsitsipas, a 20-year-old Greek player. According to the latest ATP rankings, Greek young talent has just risen to No. 5 in the world after 3 years of professional competition.
At 1m93 tall, Tsitsipas is a player with a technical play, characterized by an effective one-handed left hand, and 20-year-old talent also has powerful hand tricks. In addition to talent, Tsitsipas has a pretty romantic appearance, he has long hair that makes people think of Nadal when he was young.
Unlike the “test horse” Kyrgios, Tsitsipas is a very calm person, who has not let any past scandals happen. Possessing talent and humility, there will surely be many who choose Tsitsipas as successors to Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic.
Former Greek player Tasos Bavelas also said the 20-year-old “junior” will become the world’s No. 1 player after the “Big Three” retirement. “Once the Big Three retires, Tsitsipas will be the top player. His main opponent will be Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev. I think he will also win the Grand Slam. He’s very good in every way.” Mr. Bavelas said.
Most recently, the Greek player reached the Citi Open semifinals 2019 after losing to Nick Kyrgios, this achievement helped him first touch the world No. 5. Earlier this year the Greek player reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, Stefanos also won all three players Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer in the encounters. Greek players have many factors to become No. 1 in the near future.