Back in 2007, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were the year-end top-3 players for the first time, repeating that many times in the last 12 years and standing strong in 2019 as well. Three legends of our game managed to overcome the youngster behind them and take all four Majors and five out of nine Masters 1000 titles, mostly by Nadal and Djokovic.
As always in the last couple of years, the question is up about the future of tennis after the retirement of those three giants. Still, for the six-time Major champion Boris Becker the answer is clear, the sport will survive and continue to shine thanks to the upcoming youngsters.
Becker said it was always the case after the dominant players, just like when Sampras and Agassi left the scene, and those before them as well, only to be succeeded by the promising young guns who would carry the sport and bring the necessary drama and excitement.
For the German, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Alex de Minaur, Denis Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios are the players to rely on in the future. With Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Karen Khachanov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and many others, the future of tennis looks bright and shiny, despite the fact it will have to start from the beginning once Federer, Nadal and Djokovic leave the sport.
"Whenever an era of champions ends, we think it will be the end of tennis, but then a new generation comes along. I was part of it when we stopped and it was the turn of Agassi and Sampras. Now we are thinking this is going to end with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, but it is never going to end.
We have fantastic young and exciting players who are coming, and they will be everything in the future. Zverev, of course, will be there, Dominic Thiem as well. There are de Minaur, Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios who has big potential and is box office when right."