Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem are the top 3 players that are destined to end the domination of the Big3 (Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic). This is what Boris Becker said during a recent interview with laureus.com.
There is an ongoing discussion about which players will suffer the most after the prolonged break that the tours had to undergo because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The German commented:
“The jury is out on which of the top tennis stars will suffer most from what could become a lost year. Nadal has won the French 12 times. He had a chance to equal Roger Federer there and that’s something everybody probably thought would be possible, but now that’s not happening.
Equally, just by pressure logic, the older players will suffer because they have a lost year. We know Roger Federer defies the odds, but he will be reaching 40 next year and he won’t get any younger.”
Tsitsipas, Zverev, Thiem in pole position
The Boris added:
“If it is, then maybe 2021 will see the breakthrough of the young guns because they will be a year more experienced, and the older players are another year older. The big three have won everything multiple times.
I think it’s for the younger generation to step up. The best one of the rest for the last two years has been Dominic Thiem. He’s made three major finals and played beautifully against Novak, losing in five sets in Melbourne.
I like Stefanos Tsitsipas very much, the way he presents himself on and off the court and the way he plays the game. From a German point of view I like Sascha Zverev a lot, you know he was in the semi-final in Melbourne and he’s still only 22, so he has a long career ahead of him. There are other younger players that are fascinating.”
Becker and Zverev
Boris used to be the coach of Novak Djokovic for many years. He also has a rather special relationship with Sascha Zverev and on many occasions, it was hinted that he would have coached the young German.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked world no.6, Stefanos played his last match on the 7th of March when he beat Jeson Patrombon 6-2 6-1 in the Rubber 4 of the Davis Cup.
This season Stefanos has a 11-5 win-loss record. Tsitsipas has won 1 title in Marseille. Stefanos was the finalist in Dubai.
Alexander Zverev’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.7, Zverev played his last match on the 26th of February when he lost to Tommy Paul 6-3 6-4 in the 2nd round in Acapulco.
Alexander Zverev’s most significant accomplishment of this season was getting to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev played each other 6 times. The head to head is 5-1 for Tsitsipas. The last time that they played each other, Stefanos Tsitsipas won 6-1 6-4 in the round robin in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney (ATP Cup) on the 5th of January 2020.
Here the highlights.
Dominic Thiem’s ranking and performance in 2020
Currently the world no.3 (career-high), Thiem played his last match on the 22nd of February when he lost to Gianluca Mager 7-64 7-5 in the quarter in Rio De Janeiro.
Dominic Thiem’s most significant result of the current year was reaching the final at the Australian Open.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2020
Ranked no.4, Roger played his last match on the 30th of January when he was defeated by Novak Djokovic 7-61 6-4 6-3 in the semifinal of the Australian Open.
Roger Federer’s best result of the year was getting to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer played each other 7 times. The head to head is 5-2 for Thiem. The last time that they fought against each other, Dominic Thiem won 7-5 7-5 in the round robin in London (Nitto ATP Finals) in November 2019.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev
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