Novak Djokovic ally makes ‘dark place’ prediction about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Janko Tipsarevic reckons tennis will be in a “dark place” when Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic retire.
Former world No 8 Janko Tipsarevic fears for the future of tennis. Heavyweights Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are coming towards the end of their careers and there has not been a young Grand Slam winner for many years.
The top three players in the world have won 55 Grand Slam titles between them during their near two-decade-long reign.
Next Gen stars Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have threatened to break the Big Three’s dominance.But they have yet to stamp their mark on the four major events as Djokovic and Nadal won two apiece in 2019.
Tipsarevic, who was part of Serbian’s Davis Cup team which reached the quarter-final last month, is worried about the future of the sport.“The problem is that [the Big Three] have won so much that to speak of a new giant in the same sentence must take 10 Grand Slams,” Tipsarevic told Russian news outlet Telegraf.
“If he takes five, it will be: who is this one? It’s amazing what they’ve done for this sport, but on the other hand, it shows the way to other players that it’s really possible.
Novak Djokovic has been tipped to go down as the greatest player of all time (Image: GETTY)
“When [Pete] Sampras showed up and won 14 Slams, they thought no one would. Then Federer appeared, followed by Nadal, and then for a long time Novak.
“Until new stars rise on the international scene as a dominant factor, I think tennis is waiting for a dark period.”
Djokovic is younger than both Federer and Nadal so has time on his side to go down as the greatest of all time.
“I think when it is all over the next three or four years, Novak will statistically outperform the two and be internationally recognized as the best,” Tipsarevic added.