What will tennis be like without the Big Three? A recurring question in recent years and that perhaps has found an answer in recent weeks in Miami. The first Masters 1000 since 2004 without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic certainly gave great surprises, leaving a symptom of unpredictability that the presence of at least one of the three champions almost always removed.
A power vacuum that is not easy to fill in a short time and that certainly makes everything much more fun and engaging. Those who had to take the lead like the various Medvedevs or Zverevs failed to take advantage of the opportunity, while other favorites such as Tsitsipas and Rublev were still in the running (playing their quarter-final today).
It is the tournament of surprises, but also that of future stars and among these there is certainly Jannik Sinner. The native of San Candido reached the semifinal in a Masters 1000 for the first time, launching his name definitively in the major circuit.
Jannik was good at taking advantage of a certainly favorable scoreboard, but he was able to show a strength and a mentality that only a future champion can have at just 19 years old. A Masters 1000 also of many other young people, such as Sinner's "Italian rival", Lorenzo Musetti, but also many others such as the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, the Kazakh Alexander Bublik and the American Sebastian Korda.
Talented players who are ready for a definitive leap in quality. Many names ready to take the stage in the future. Miami was an appetizer of what tennis awaits next year, but already from Monte Carlo we will return to the present, since in all likelihood there will be both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
The legends are not yet ready to surrender their throne, but the new is advancing inexorably and a new era has perhaps begun from Florida. Alexander Bublik believes the Novak Djokovic-led PTPA is all talk and no action. According to Bublik, even though ATP isn’t a perfect organization in itself, the PTPA isn't a viable alternative as it hasn't offered any concrete solutions yet.
Bublik on Novak Djokovic's PTPA
"Well, I only saw the video when Vasek tried to sue ATP or whatever he was saying," Alexander Bublik said. "I'm not with this PTPA or whatever it calls (itself). I mean, not a single organization is perfect and of course, I think we could do better, but at the end of the day ATP is providing (for) us.
And I can't really say much because I'm not with Novak Djokovic and I'm not 100% with ATP you know, I just try to make my living here. If I go into this, you know, imagine the talking because I've been when this PTPA started," he added.
"I've been to this group and so much talks, they try to do so many things but nothing is going to be done, you know that. Basically, it's all about talking at the moment; I haven't seen anything that happens really."