'Anyone 15 years ago expected Roger Federer to surpass...', says Top 10



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'Anyone 15 years ago expected Roger Federer to surpass...', says Top 10

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are currently tied with 20 Slams each, chased by Novak Djokovic at 18. The number 1 in the world has in fact significantly reduced the gap that separates him from eternal rivals thanks to his ninth triumph at the Australian Open.

days ago. In addition to yet another triumph in Melbourne Park, the 33-year-old Serbian is set to break the all-time record by weeks at the top of the ATP ranking. Many were inclined to believe that 2021 could be the right year for the changing of the guard, but the start of the season did not go in that direction.

In particular, the blow suffered by Daniil Medvedev in the final at the hands of Nole on the Rod Laver Arena inflicted another blow to the ambitions of the Next Gen. In the course of a recent interview with the Tennisnews.gr portal, Stefanos Tsitsipas analyzed how the Big 3 records are destined to be broken someday.

The Greek tennis player, fresh from the semi-final at the Australian Open, believes the sport has a bright future ahead of it.

Tsitsipas on the Next Gens

"I think the new generation could do something similar," Stefanos Tsitsipas said.

"I do not think anyone 15 years ago expected Roger Federer to surpass the Sampras record. It is difficult to predict what will happen. We as a new generation have many players that can offer (something great) in tennis."

According to Tsitsipas, the Next Gen players could elevate their game to a higher level than even Novak Djokovic's - if they fully immerse themselves into it. "If any of us take this sport even more seriously, he might improve on Novak Djokovic's levels as well," Tsitsipas said.

"We saw (Djokovic) make a huge change in 2011 and become a completely different player, a player that no one could win, he was invincible! I think something similar could be done in the new generation, why not?" Reflecting on his performance at the Australian Open 2021, Tsitsipas exited in the semifinal this year.

During his journey, he registered an impressive victory against Rafael Nadal. In the match, he came back from two sets down, to eventually seal the match in his favor. Stefanos Tsitsipas announced his arrival on the big stage at the 2019 Australian Open, when he ousted defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round.

During his childhood, it was the Swiss ace, Roger Federer who he looked up to. Nonetheless, he has been amazed by what Djokovic has achieved in the last 7-8 years and states he raises his game with each year passing by.