Roger Federer weighs in on whether his record of 20 Grand Slam championships can be surpassed.
Roger Federer expressed his thoughts on the post-Big Three era, speculating that a new winner could emerge to carry on the legacy of him, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
When he and his fellow Big Three competitors Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic retire, Roger Federer has spoken up about his aspirations for the next era of tennis. While many believe that the end of their dominance will usher in a new era of dominance on the men’s side, with more players capable of winning Grand Slams, the world No. 9 believes that the next generation will usher in a new era of dominance, with someone even surpassing the Big Three’s current record of 20 Major titles each.
Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic are all nearing the end of their careers, yet they have maintained a monopoly at the top level of the sport, winning 49 of the last 63 Grand Slams since the start of 2006.
With players like Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev winning their first Grand Slam titles at the last two US Open competitions, the changing of the guard has begun to gain traction.
Many of the top 10 players are now young talents aiming for a spot at the top, with Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Andrey Rublev joining Thiem and Medvedev in the elite echelons of the game.
With a strong crop of younger players vying for a piece of the Big Three’s success, many feel the ATP Tour will resemble its WTA counterpart after the 20-time Grand Slam champions retire, with fewer players winning fewer Major championships.
Federer and Nadal are both dealing with injuries at the moment, with the Swiss star undergoing his third knee surgery in less than two years, requiring him to miss “several months” of tennis.
Meanwhile, ahead of the US Open, world No. 6 Rafael Nadal halted his season to spend extra time rehabilitating from a persistent left foot issue, and recently underwent a “medical operation.”
Federer feels there might still be a comparable monopoly at the top of the game in the last few years of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic’s domination, despite the fact that the former has recently turned 40 and the latter two are in their mid-30s. “Brinkwire News Summary.”