Who can be the heirs of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Djokovic and Rafael Nadal? Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Jannik Sinner: are they the future of the ATP tennis? Can they repeat the incredible achievements of the Big Three? A fundamental aspect has to be highlighted: the goals that the Big Three obtained in their career are milestones so impressive that probably in the future nobody will be able to match their records.
However, when their professional career comes to an end, there must necessarily be someone ready to take up the baton, to start a new era. Up to now the NextGen has not fulfilled its destiny, beaten several times by the shining guys of the Old Gen, led by the Big Three.
Yet there are some of them who are ready for the last qualitative leap, that glory which, in tennis, corresponds to the victory of a Major. Daniil Medvedev is closest to the Big Three, and he demonstrated it in 2019, winning the firsts ATP Masters 1000 of his career and reaching his first Slam final, at Flushing Meadows, where he placed Nadal in great difficulty.
Tsitsipas won the ATP Finals in London: his task will not be easy, especially after what we saw happening to Zverev last season. But the Greek has great skills, most still unspoken. He may be the future of grass-court tennis and, together with Medvedev, the future of hard-courts tennis.
Talking about Zvererv, he would be the third element of this triad, both because the age is similar to that of Tsitsipas and Medvedev, and because his skills have yet to fully emerge. Anyway, he must make the leap of quality in the Slams.
Nick Kyrgios and Dominic Thiem could make things more interesting, but both are already older than the other three. Despite this, Thiem will certainly win the French Open in the coming years, and more than once too. Kyrgios has yet to modulate his behavior, but technically he is perhaps the most gifted of these guys.
Jannik Sinner is a future that is still too far away but perhaps the brightest and most promising as regards the ATP Tour. If the young Italian were to keep his promises, he would be the undisputed star of the future.