NextGen Stars Likely to Replace Djokovic and Nadal
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are dominating the world tennis scene for over a decade. Out of action, 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has a combined 37 Grand Slam titles (167 overall). As a result, Djokovic and Nadal have made the worldwide tennis circuit their battleground. However, the two aren’t getting any younger, with both netters in their early 30s. In two or three years, the superstars’ caliber may likely fade and possibly give way to the next generation of tennis players, who may likely dominate the online tennis betting scene once the Serbian and Spanish maestros hang up their sneakers. Some of these netters have fought Djokovic and Nadal several times in the Association of Tennis Professionals circuit. To everyone’s surprise, these netters have racked up wins against them. The following tennis players are likely to take the place of the dominant duo once they call it quits.
Currently, Thiem is the third-best tennis player in the world behind Nadal and Djokovic. In addition to that, he is the second-highest ranked Austrian netter in history behind former world number one Thomas Muster. Just recently, Thiem won his only Grand Slam title during the 2020 US Open. The netter lost to Djokovic and Nadal, respectively in the Australian (2020) and French Opens (2018 and 2019). The right-hander likewise reached the championship phase of the 2019 ATP Finals. However, he had to settle for second after bowing out to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
However, not all of his important finals matches have ended up in misery. Beating, Roger Federer, the 27-year-old took home the 2019 Indian Wells Masters and an ATP Masters 1000 event. He came from two sets down and beat Alexander Zverev in the 2020 US Open’s winner-take-all final. The baseline specialist is now competing in the 2020 ATP Finals in London where he defeated Nadal in one of the round-robin matches and claimed one of the four semifinal slots available in the event.
The 6-foot-6 Hamburg-born tennis wunderkid who turned professional at a tender age of 16 has notched 13 career titles, including the 2018 ATP Tour Finals. The right-hander reached his highest ranking in 2017 (world number three) and has been a prominent fixture in the ATP tennis circuit. The current year has been great for Alexander Zverev as he reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and was a set away from winning his first Grand Slam title in the US Open only for Dominic Thiem to make a comeback and steal the crown away from him. Months after his heartbreaking loss in Flushing Meadows, the German returned to the tennis circuit and took home two straight ATP 250 events in Cologne. He then reached the Paris Masters final, beating Nadal in the last four but succumbed to Daniil Medvedev in the final.
The 24-year-old Russian netter debuted as a professional in 2014 but only won his first title in 2018 in the Sydney International. He followed it up by winning the 2018 Winston-Salem Open and the 2018 Japan Open. The three championships he won during that year moved him to world number 16 and put him on every tennis player’s notice as an up-and-coming netter. In 2019, he reached his first Grand Slam final of his career but succumbed to Rafael Nadal in five sets.
After that heartbreak in New York, Daniil Medvedev became the first Russian native to win the St. Petersburg Open in 15 years. He followed it up with another impressive showing in the Shanghai Masters where he defeated Alexander Zverev in the final. This year, he dominated the Paris Masters by winning over Diego Schwartzmann in the semifinals and Zverev in the final. The world number four is currently playing in the ATP Finals in London where he is set to play Nadal in the semifinals.
The five-time ATP Tour winner reached a career-high ranking of world number five in 2019. This is also the year when the Greek superstar won the ATP Tour Finals where he beat Medvedev and Zverev in the round-robin phase; Federer in the semifinals; and Thiem in the final. The achievement made him the youngest winner of the year-end championship since Lleyton Hewitt in 2001. He also reached the Australian Open semifinals and won the Open 13 in Marseille and the Estoril Open. This year, Tsitsipas retained the Open 13 title without dropping a set. He reached the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships but lost to Djokovic in the final. Tsitsipas reached the French Open semis as he outclassed Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev before succumbing to Djokovic again in five sets in the semifinal.
The future looks bright for the tennis scene once Djokovic and Nadal hang up their sneakers. The four netters mentioned are still battling their way to annex breakthrough wins against the two superstars in key events, particularly Grand Slam tournaments. The prospect of betting on them in tennis sportsbooks is limitless and can help you win more if you like a “leap of faith” bet in the future.