How many chances have Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev to become future Big Three? Will they fill the void left by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic when they will retire? The Greek, the Russian and the German are early talents, who at their young age already achieved incredible goals, but to say that they will be the next Big Three ais perhaps too much.
They will surely take the Big Three's baton, along with Dominic Thiem and, perhaps Nick Kyrgios. Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Zverev will manage to win Slam and Masters 1000 titles, becoming the protagonists of tennis after the farewell of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal.
But for many reasons, they will not be able to replicate what the Big Three did in their career. And we're not just talking about titles and records. Talking about titles and records, it will be practically impossible for them to do what Roger, Rafa and Nole do.
The Big Three won the Slam titles very early, also because they didn't have iconic figures on them, as young players of today, who live in their legend. Taking the baton of three such important careers means bearing enormous pressure.
In recent years Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori tried, but they failed. However, the discussion is much deeper and goes beyond titles and records. The Big Three are bearers of a charisma that goes beyond the imaginable.
They managed to conquer the unconditional love of fans and crowds, filling the stadiums, even just for beneficial events (the last example being the Match for Africa 6, where Federer and Nadal made the new record for a single match).
Respect for these three athletes is enormous and recognized by the whole world of sport. Going beyond simple results. Their epic challenges ignited crowds across the world year after year, leaving no room for anyone but Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic.
This status is not achieved only with victories. Withstanding the pressure will be difficult for Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev, but they will have to collect their legacy. If they do not succeed it will be the generation of Jannik Sinner who will have to try this goal.