Admin Reporter- POOJA1

Feb 23 2021

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal: The Big Three are all right

Tuesday, 23 February 2021

For the sake of statistical comparison, let’s take the year 1990 as a rough marker to separate generations in modern tennis.




Since 2017, how many women born after 1990 have been Grand Slam singles champions? Nine: Jelena Ostapenko, Garbine Muguruza, Sloane Stephens, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Bianca Andreescu, Sofia Kenin, Iga Swiatek.

Using the same parameters, how many men’s singles champions do we get? One: Dominic Thiem.

Even as the “Next Gen”—the term used to describe the younger generation in the sport—among men continue their struggles to get an inch from the old-guard of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the women have effectively overthrown the previous rule.





It was apparent at the 2021 Australian Open, where the two champions in Osaka, 23, and Novak Djokovic, 33, have an age gap of a decade. And while Osaka marched to the title by out-powering 23-time Slam winner Serena Williams—ruling the roost in women’s tennis for a large part since the turn of the century and still making deep Slam runs at 39—in the semi-finals, Djokovic swatted aside two young and ambitious challengers in Alexander Zverev (quarter-finals) and Daniil Medvedev (final).

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