Stefanos Tsitsipas is eagerly anticipating the end of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s era of dominance and has issued a message of encouragement for the sport’s young guns like himself.
The Greek won last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals before going on to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January.
There was optimism after Tsitsipas beat Federer at the Rod Laver Arena that he was ready to knock the big boys off their perch, but yet the Swiss, Nadal and Djokovic continue to dominate the sport.
Stan Wawrinka was the last player besides those three to win a Grand Slam, way back in September 2016 at the US Open.
Yet Tsitsipas remains confident that it won’t be long until the youngsters pounce and get a stronghold over their older peers.
“It’s an exciting switch for the game,” Tsitsipas said at the Shanghai Masters.
“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 [Nadal], Roger [Federer] and Novak [Djokovic] 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.”
Tsitsipas is in good company too, and there are a number of other prospects who could be set to follow in Federer, Nadal and Djokovic’s footsteps in years to come.
Alexander Zverev is perhaps the most exciting of the batch of rising talent after he pipped Federer and Djokovic to win the ATP World Tour finals last December.
He failed to back that up at a major this season though, his best finish was the quarter-finals at Roland-Garros.
Felix Auger-Aliassime also has star potential which he showcased best at the Miami Open and Queens.
Denis Shapovalov and Karen Khachanov have also both displayed their quality in glimpses this season and could also contribute towards bucking the trend.