World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev acknowledged that it’s incredible what Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have achieved but he believes tennis will be just fine when the Big Three retire.
Some doubt the game will lose on its popularity once the Big Three but Medvedev doesn’t think so.
In recent years, Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have emerged and showed that they’re capable of winning the bigges titles.
“That is, new great champions always came, and tennis became more and more popular. Of course, Roger, Novak, and Rafa have broken every record imaginable and unthinkable, but I am sure that after their departure there will be new heroes who will make people fall in love with tennis,” Medvedev told Sport-express.
Medvedev becoming Djokovic’s biggest rival
Medvedev and Djokovic clashed several times this year and all of their clashes were on the big stage.
“We are in a process og regrouping. There is the top-3, Djokovic, Medvedev and Rafael Nadal. Novak is on top but Medvedev is making the differences smaller very quickly. In Rafa’s case it all mainly depends on his health,” Hubert Hurkacz’s coach Craig Boynton told TVP Sport.
In his interview with Sport-express, Medvedev reiterated what he recently said.
“We did have some, Sampras, Agassi, they were at the top. Sampras retired, OK, tennis is over. Then we had Novak, Roger and Rafa. If you asked just before they came, everybody would say, well, tennis won’t be interesting anymore;” Medvedev said last month. “Tennis is a great sport, so I don’t see why our generation would miss on something. Of course, maybe we don’t do 20 Grand Slams, yet nobody did before Roger, Rafa and Novak, so they were also worse than them, if we can say like this. It’s definitely not going to be a shame
“I can only talk for myself. I will try to do my best, try to win more titles, try to be in the finals of big tournaments. Yeah, not much more to add.”