Unlike women's tennis, which was virtually unmanned after the slow but inevitable decline of Serena Williams, in the men's field the hegemony of the Fab Three was perpetuated also for 2020. If Roger Federer for physical reasons, in a logic of conservation, preferred to take a long break, also comforted by the changes made to the ranking calculation that have safeguarded the ranking, Djokovic and Nadal have thought about defending the fief from attacks again not sufficiently convinced of the competition which is in any case strengthened.
The year, despite all the reservations of the case, provides us with an irrefutable fact: Novak Djokovic is the number one in the world and, unlike what happened in the women's field, it is a leadership that is also confirmed by the ranking calculated based on to the results of the current calendar year only.
In a recent interview with WTA player Vicky Duval, Bernard Tomic recently revealed how he stopped idolizing Roger Federer after meeting him at a young age. The 28-year old also spoke about tricky match-ups and the possibility of playing on the tour till the age of 39.
Tomic on his passion for Roger Federer
Bernard Tomic was asked by Duval which players he idolized in tennis. The proverbial bad boy of tennis replied that while he idolized Roger Federer growing up, he didn't idolize him after meeting him at the age of 13.
"I idolized Roger Federer at a young age, Federer and Agassi, but just stopped idolizing anyone after a period of time. But definitely Roger Federer, I would say. After I had a photo with him at the age of 13, he really wasn't my idol anymore," Tomic said tongue-in-cheek.
"I made Roger Federer this thing for the first time, I think a crown, when I was 13. Got the photo with him and he went from being my idol to not my idol," Bernard Tomic added. As the new season dawns on the tennis world, one suspects a more intense battle by the new order in the men’s game to push the ‘Big Three’ – the combined moniker for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – out of the spotlight.
Not that thee big three’s stature in the men’s game needs affirmation, but the pushback pointed to the fact that there’s a new line of stars who are willing to stand up to them and challenge their place in tennis hierarchy.
One in this new crop of superstars is reigning US Open champion Dominic Thiem. Having clinched his maiden Grand Slam title at the Flushing Meadows, the Austrian sent his stocks soaring by beating Nadal and Djokovic at the ATP Finals in London.
As the new season arrives, expect Thiem to pick up more wins on the Tour and entrench his position in the men’s order. Winning the Australian Open, the year’s first Major, would be a good way to start for the Austrian.