Denis Shapovalov predicts end of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominance | Tennis | Sport


Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won 55 Grand Slam titles between them over the past 16 years, and Denis Shapovalov doesn’t think he’ll have to be patient for too much longer in his wait for a major title.

The 20-year-old is yet to reach a final at one of the four big showpieces, but the likes of Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are all lying in wait to reach the top of the sport.

Shapovalov has now given his thoughts on when the trio may start to struggle on the tour, and he knows that he needs to remain patient – even if it won’t be for long.

“I’m sure that next season there are going to be a lot of upsets,” Shapovalov told the official ATP website.

“Obviously the Big Three, they’re still playing really well.

“But I think sooner or later, we’re going to dethrone them. So we’ve just got to stay patient.”

Namedropping a number of fellow NextGen stars, Shapovalov added: “I think slowly the players are starting to rise through the [ATP] Rankings.

“Medvedev’s really made a push the past couple of months.

“I’m sure a lot of players are following. There are so many talented guys.

“There’s Frances [Tiafoe], there’s Tsitsipas playing well, of course always Zverev.”

Tsitsipas, who currently sits seventh in the world rankings, has also discussed when the famous trio will begin to fade and he admitted his excitement.

“It’s an exciting switch for the game,” Tsitsipas said at the Shanghai Masters earlier this month.

“Many different players with different game styles, different personalities.

“I’m happy to be included in there and it’s going to be very interesting in the next couple of years to see how tennis will evolve and how the young guys are going to dominate the game.

“At some point we will see change, it can’t be that Rafa, Roger and Novak win everything.

“So, I know that in order to see my name among these titles I know I’ll have to go through a lot of pain and a lot of hype and struggle.

“I’m honestly excited, I’m excited by the idea of trying to get there.”

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