There are many fans and insiders who wonder when a Next Gen player will win a Grand Slam title. Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open earlier this year before the circuit was suspended due to the pandemic. In recent months, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev have come very close to triumphing in a Major, both losing on the fifth set.
'The Big 3' of the tennis world have won 56 Grand Slams in the last 17 years. The trio have aged like fine wine, as they have not let any other player win a Major over the last three seasons. Former World number 1 Boris Becker has named Dominic Thiem as ‘the best’ player outside of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer, and he hopes 2021 will finally be the year the Next Gen arrive.
“The best player behind the Old Gen is Dominic Thiem,” Becker told Sky Sports. “He has the experience in Grand Slam finals. He played a very good match against Djokovic in the Australian Open final last January" - the German added.
“I enjoy watching Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev showed that he is very competitive at Grand Slam level at the Australian Open. I would like to see Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal still at their best, and being beaten.
Maybe 2021 will see the breakthrough of the young guns because they will be a year more experienced, and the older players are another year older. I don’t want the young generation to take over when the top three won’s play any more or are actually too old" - he concluded.