Tennis

The future ’big three’ the successors for Djokovic, Nadal and Federer

The future 'big three' Carlos Alcaraz (left), Jannik Sinner (centre), Lorenzo Musetti (right). Photo: Planet1
  • The ATP may have a ready-made trio in Carlos Alcaraz, Lorenzo Musetti, and Jannik Sinner to step into the gap for the ‘big three’
  • The ‘big three’, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, have dominated men’s tennis for the past decade and a half
  • The Tennis world has known about Alcaraz’s talent since he was 15, and he has since been referred to as the new Rafael Nadal 
  • Djokovic is the best power baseline player in tennis history, and Jannik Sinner’s game appears to be highly comparable to Djokovic’s

It’s difficult to imagine men’s tennis without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, but three young players could make things easier for fans when the big three retire.

With perhaps the three finest players arriving and competing at the same time, it has been the most exciting age to watch.

All three, however, are nearing the conclusion of their careers, and tennis will have to look into the future for its golden boys.

To step into the gap, the ATP may have a ready-made trio in Carlos Alcaraz, Lorenzo Musetti, and Jannik Sinner.

CARLOS ALCARAZ

Carlos Alcaraz - Djokovic Nadal and Federer

Carlos Alcaraz has been branded as the new Rafael Nadal. Photo: The Independent

Comparisons between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are easy to make, perhaps too quickly.

People have known about Alcaraz and his talent since he was 15, and he has had to deal with the nickname of “new Rafael Nadal” since then.

He has always steered clear of comparisons and with good reason. They are not helpful, but they are also not remarkably accurate.

When you get down to it, their games are pretty different, but they have one thing in common: they are both terrific warriors on the court.

It appears to be a trait shared by the majority of Spanish players. They’re known for two things: their clay prowess and their grit.

Alcaraz had proven to be a great warrior on the court, most notably when he played Nadal in the Indian Wells semi-finals.

The teenager lost the match, but it took so much effort to defeat him that Nadal injured himself.

It’s difficult to imagine Alcaraz failing to continue and become multiple major champions. Although he is unlikely to match Nadal’s 21 (and counting) titles, he possesses the necessary talent.

Furthermore, despite being only 19, Alcaraz is already at a level where he can potentially contend for any title in men’s tennis, which is impressive in and of itself.

LORENZO MUSETTI

Lorenzo Musetti. Photo:Tennis Majors

Lorenzo Musetti is progressing more slowly than many would like, but the ATP Tour hasn’t seen a talent like him in a long time.

Musetti is 20 years old, so you’d think he’d be further advanced than Alcaraz.

However, while Alcaraz was physically developed and depended on a power game at a young age, Musetti is a touch player, and refinement takes time to master.

The Italian is similar to Roger Federer, who was a year or two older than Rafael Nadal when they first began winning titles.

That isn’t the only similarity between the two. Musetti, like Federer, possesses a beautiful one-handed backhand in an era when the two-handed option is the norm.

He’s also a true shot-maker, always looking to attack and go for the big ones. That always set Federer apart from Nadal and Djokovic, who was more defensively minded.

Musetti is the only one among the three with a lot of charisma. He’s got the looks and has already graced the covers of men’s fashion publications.

The young Tennis player claims that if he couldn’t be a tennis player, he would have preferred to be an actor since he enjoys being in the spotlight.

Musetti is one of the three players mentioned here who you believe might go anyway in terms of his future.

However, Musetti He is currently lacking in patience and prefers to go for his huge winners all of the time. This leads to a slew of unforced blunders, followed by frustration, which further diminishes his tolerance.

It will be a huge draw in tennis for many years if he can learn to be patient and build his points properly before unleashing his weapons.

Compatriot Jannik Sinner, for example, recognizes Musetti’s talent, stating of him: “He has a strong hitting arm and is adept at moving and shifting the ball. He may suddenly be a greater player than I am.”

JANNIK SINNER

Djokovic Nadal and Federer

Jannik Sinner has been assimilated to Djokovic. Photo: Tennis connected

Novak Djokovic is the best power baseline player in tennis history, and Jannik Sinner‘s game appears to be highly comparable to Djokovic’s.

Sinner was a national champion skier as a kid, and he’s taken that exceptional balance to the tennis court to become one of the most flexible and mobile players in the game.

Combining that with some incredibly clean hitting from the baseline can be pretty intimidating for opposing players.

Sinner has already established a mark in the top 10 and appeared at the Tour Finals, albeit as an alternate.

Djokovic as a package is unlikely to be matched. He is a one-of-a-kind combination of a war-torn background and pure skill developed in the furnace of men’s tennis’ most competitive era.

On the other hand, Sinner is the most similar to Djokovic in terms of his actual game, and he appears destined to win numerous majors before he retires.

 

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