Djokovic: 'Young guns will try to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and me'

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Djokovic: 'Young guns will try to beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and me'

The first Major of the season in Melbourne is just around the corner, with the players preparing to chase big trophy, the record-breaking prize money and 2000 points. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have claimed the last 12 Major titles since 2017, dominating over the rest of the field that has come closer and closer with the upcoming stars who are trying to take the throne away from them.

In 2019, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev were the finalists at Roland Garros and the US Open, losing to Rafael Nadal and hoping to make that last push in 2020 and lift one of four most notable titles in the world of tennis.

The 16-time Major champion Novak Djokovic is ready to fight against the youngsters, naming Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev as the title contenders at the Australian Open and the main rivals of the 'big 3' who still play on a high level.

Praising the mentioned rivals, Novak spoke about their improvements and the ability to fight against the more accomplished and experienced players who are still capable of keeping the Major titles under their belt, hoping for more of the same at least in 2020.

Novak has made a perfect start of the season, beating Rafael Nadal in the ATP Cup final to lift the trophy for Serbia, seeking the same scenario in Melbourne where he plays for the eighth title. "Look, the last hardcourt Grand Slam was in New York, and Rafa won it," Djokovic said.

"So, I think it's wide open, the Australian Open and all the other Majors. I don't think there are obvious favorites. You have Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and myself because of the experience and the ranking we have, which probably makes us the top candidates.

Then, you have Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem who are producing amazing tennis recently. They showed that they matured on the big stage and improved their game enough to challenge the players from the top and beat them.

Everybody keeps talking about the NextGen player winning a Major and it seems like it's getting closer. Hopefully, it will not happen this year but we will see."