Could Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas become the new Big Three? Will Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have to fear these three guys in Grand Slam tournaments? Are the Austrian, Russian and Greek ready for the big jump? These questions are the basis of the exciting new season, which will officially begin in a few days.
Of all the Next Gen and young players in general, Thiem, Medvedev and Tsitsipas are perhaps the only ones who can have the chance to fight the Big Three also in the Majors. All three achieved significant improvements in 2019, certified by the results.
Thiem won his first ATP Masters 1000 at Indian Wells (on a surface on which he has improved a lot) against Roger Federer and hit the French Open final again, losing to Rafael Nadal. Medvedev won the first two ATP Masters 1000 of his career (in Cininnati against David Goffin and Shanghai against Alexander Zverev) and he reached his first Slam final, at the US Open, losing to Nadal after a great match.
Tsitsipas took the victory at the ATP Finals, getting the first big title of his young career. Thiem is, after Nadal, the most accredited player to win the French Open. On clay-courts he expresses a tennis of the highest level, and already in 2020 he can put Nadal in difficulty.
Medvedev is a specialist of hard-courts. His tennis leaves no reference points for his opponents, and at the Australian Open and the US Open he could be the real surprise. Tsitsipas adapts perfectly to fast surfaces and I think his tennis is perfect for the grass-courts: perhaps he still cannot aspire to Wimbledon's victory, but this year, if he shows his maturity in managing the pressure, he could put all his opponents in difficulty.
Maybe the time for the change of the baton has not yet come, but this historical (and feared) moment will come: the Gods of tennis will start moving the pawns, preparing for a future (which we all hope will last far) without Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.