Is The Next Generation Finally Upon Us?

Jan 20, 2019

What an incredible first week of tennis at the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne, as always, with players refreshed from the off season, we have seen some fantastic matches played and some very tension filled clashes over the first seven days, none more so however than last night’s men’s fourth round clash between defending champion Roger Federer and the young Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 20 year old Tsitsipas played tennis beyond his years as he took down the six-time AO champ in four high quality sets of tennis, with Alexander Zverev’s recent success at the end of season ATP World Tour Finals and the success of other young players in Melbourne like Frances Tiafoe, Daniil Medvedev, Alex De Minaur and Borna Coric, have the Next Generation of tennis players finally arrived?

Tsitsipas won the end of season ATP Next Gen Finals in 2018, but after his stunning upset of Federer on Rod Laver Arena last night, the Greek right hander has announced his arrival on the main stage of tennis, the changing of the guard and the end of the big three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer has been talked about for years, however it seemed like the conversation always ended the same way, the young up and coming players are good but not quite ready to take over yet, that is maybe until now or indeed sometime in 2019, I am sure the big three of Novak, Rafa and Fed aren’t quite finished just yet, but it may well be that the future of the sport is now upon us.

The ATP have done their best to introduce the new young talent to all tennis fans around the world, however nothing showcases new exciting players more than fantastic individual performances on the biggest stage at the Grand Slam events against the best opposition, the television commentators were enthralled by Tsitsipas’ ability to not only stay with Federer when the blow torch was applied, but also how he weathered the storm and maintained his level of play to take the victory, it was also interesting that they believed we were seeing the birth of a new champion in front of our eyes, just like we witnessed when a 19 year old Federer defeated seven-time Wimbledon champ Pete Sampras in 2001.

Federer didn’t go on to win Wimbledon in 2001 after toppling Sampras and Tsitsipas may not go on to win the 2019 Australian Open men’s singles title either, however after last night’s performance against one of the greatest to have ever played the game, it is clear that Stefanos Tsitsipas has announced his arrival as a major player in world tennis, much like Fed did way back in 2001, I think the Next Generation is here.

Written by: Tono

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