‘I want to see it’ asserts Stefanos Tsitsipas on tennis after Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
While some wish Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would never retire, Stefanos Tsitsipas is excited for tennis after the ‘Big Three’.
The trio between them have 60 Slam titles to their name and have been a mainstay of the Majors and tour beyond for more than 15 years at this point.
Federer will not be playing at the Australian Open, while neither Nadal nor Djokovic are certain of playing in Melbourne.
With the possibility that none of the three will compete at the first Slam of the new season, Tsitsipas actually sees such an occurrence as a positive.
“That is how it’s going to be generally in a few years time, potentially three years time,” he said during an ATP Cup press conference.
“So getting used to it early, it’s pretty much the new reality. Let’s see how tennis works out without the top three.
“I really want to see which players are going to prevail.”
Along with players like US Open champion Daniil Medvedev and world number three Alexander Zverev, Tsitsipas is in the mix to fill that hole left behind by the ‘Big Three’.
“We are able to bring tennis to a very high level, we have something different to offer than what Djokovic or Federer or Nadal have,” Tsitsipas explained.
“We just have to work hard every single day, bring the best out of this game and set the bar high.
“I’m playing for myself and if young kids are inspired by what we do then we’ve done our job right.”
Tsitsipas will lead Greece for a third time at the ATP Cup beginning 1st January, and he believes their ambitions are as strong as any other country’s.
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