2020 could be one of the most exciting seasons for men's tennis: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are ready to compete for the Salm record, while Novak Djokovic wants to reach their numbers. But it's not just about the Big Three.
Perhaps, for the first time in years, there are players like Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev ready to win a Grand Slam. Furthermore, NextGen found in Stefanos Tsitsipas a new leader, ready to challenge the greatest rivals.
Also, in 2020 Andy Murray will be back on the court. With him, the bastions of the Old Gen still want to amaze the world: Stan Wawrinka, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner. In the middle, there are many tennis players who want to make their own space: Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic.
Nadal and Djokovic are the favorites for the final victory in practically all the Majors and in all the ATP Masters 1000. Djokovic has a positive tradition at the Australian Open and at Wimbledon, Rafa at the Roland Garros and at the US Open.
And Federer? at the threshold of 39 years old, the Swiss Maestro will have perhaps the last great career chances precisely in Melbourne and London, in the Slams. Although he will start a step behind Nadal and Djokovic. Federer will have a great motivation: to defend his record from the assault of Rafa.
It will not be easy. Thiem and Medvedev have concrete chances of being able to win in the Masters 1000, and some good chances at the French Open (Thiem) and at the Australian Open and at the US Open (Medvedev). Tsitsipas will have to confirm the good feeling of 2019, closed with the victory at the ATP Finals.
The Greek will have to find the necessary mental strength to finally be able to achieve great goals. Alexander Zverev is a great unknown. His 2019 was disastrous. He will have to take up his career again and start from certainties, finding balance and mental strength, trying to manage pressure better.
Finally Andy Murray. The Scot will be an important variable this season: if he comes back in great physical shape, then there might be some surprises. Talking about coming back, Kevin Anderson, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori are also ready.
Grigor Dimitrov closed his 2019 well and maybe in 2020, it could also be - like Murray - a variable to take in count. Beware of the oldies of the Old Gen like Wawrinka and Tsonga, never to be underestimated, although it is difficult to predict their triumph in the Majors and in the Masters 1000.
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