Speaking with media ahead of the Laureus Awards in Berlin, former world no. 1 and multiple Major champion Boris Becker urged the youngsters to step in and challenge Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Major events.
Since the Australian Open 2017, three legends have won all 13 Major titles, dominating on all surfaces and from start to finish of the season to hold the highest ranking positions and every Major crown for more than three years now.
Roger Federer is still at the top with 20 Majors under his belt, claiming the last one at Wimbledon 2017 and wasting two match points in the final against Novak at the All England Club last July, squandering the opportunity to improve his tally ahead of the younger rivals who are on his trail.
Rafael Nadal stands on 19 Majors after lifting two in 2019, hoping to catch Roger at Roland Garros and move in front of him as soon as possible. Still, Federer is not his only rival in the GOAT chase, with Novak Djokovic reducing the deficit to the players in front of him after taking five of the last seven Majors.
The youngsters have been there to challenge the more accomplished and experienced players but they are yet to taste the ultimate glory, failing to step in and steal a Major crown in front of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, even though they had their chances.
At the US Open last year, Daniil Medvedev pushed Rafael Nadal to the limits, with Dominic Thiem doing the same in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago. They both lost but the gap is getting closer, with Becker who believes they will soon start to take Major titles from the most dominant trio in tennis history.
"Novak Djokovic has millions of fans across the world, maybe not like Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal but certainly not too far behind, standing as one of the best players of the Open era. Federer has 20 Majors and Nadal is on 19, with Djokovic slowly getting there; they are all a little bit different and they all want to win the GOAT race in the end.
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have been winning Majors for years now, keeping the younger generation away from the most notable tennis titles. Fans probably want to see new Major champions but the players from the top are simply too good.
Dominic Thiem took Djokovic to five sets at the Australian Open and there are some other good young players as well. Well hidden behind the top-3, no one criticizes them but the time has come to see some changes and new Grand Slam champions."