Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have together won 58 Grand Slam titles. The Big Three have become true tennis legends to the sound of records and over the years have given birth to numerous epic matches that have thrilled the whole world of sport.
Their dominance in Grand Slam tournaments has reached unimaginable heights. Suffice it to say that since 2004, only seven players outside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have managed to reach the most coveted milestone. They are Gaston Gaudio (Roland Garros 2004), Marat Safin (Australian Open 2005), Juan Martin Del Potro (US Open 2009), Andy Murray (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013, 2016), Stan Wawrinka (Australian Open 2014, Roland Garros 2015, US Open 2016), Marin Cilic (US Open 2014) and Dominic Thiem (US Open 2020).
After the Miami Open final, Jannik Sinner reflected that the next-generation of players were not ready yet to take the mantle from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
The Big 3 gave the Miami Open a miss this season
The 2021 Miami Open finalist shared his thoughts and said, “The next generation still has to show that they can beat the big three, you know, because obviously maybe they lose one or two matches, but the next generation that what I see is not ready yet to win against them consistently”.
On the brighter side, Jannik Sinner feels it’s just a matter of time before the next generation starts producing successful performances over the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. While Sinner couldn’t provide an exact time frame for this happening, he said that the moment could arrive in about two or five years.
Reflecting on the future, Jannik stated, “So obviously it’s good to see the new generation what’s coming after them because at some point there will be the moment. I don’t know when. It can be two years or five years, I don’t know.
But the moment will come, and then after is going to be other players”. The big three decided to skip the event in Miami this year. Therefore, it gave a chance for the younger lot of players to seize on the opportunity.
During the tournament, Sinner beat Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov in close-fought encounters. After the conclusion of the Miami Open 2021, the ATP rankings have seen some changes. The top 10 hasn’t changed much, but one player is slowly slipping down the rankings. Roger Federer continued his slide downwards in the rankings as Alexander Zverev got past him.