Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated men’s tennis for quite some time now. The three legends of the sport top the Grand Slam singles title standings and have won 57 major titles between them.
All three players are coming to the end of their careers now so the opportunity will be there for some of the younger stars on the tour to reach the top of the sport. Here are three names who could be next in line to dominate the sport.
21-year-old Denis Shapovalov is already the number one ranked player in Canada. He is up to number 12 in the world rankings and it won’t be long before he is a top 10 player.
His best performance at a Grand Slam so far came at the US Open last year. He reached the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in five sets. Shapovalov clearly enjoys the courts in New York and is +3300 in the betting on tennis with Betfair to return there in 2021 and lift the trophy.
The youngster has just one tournament win to his name so far. His maiden victory came in the 2019 Stockholm Open. Once he prevails in a big event, there may be no stopping him as he has all the attributes needed to be very successful in the sport.
As a junior player, Felix Auger-Aliassime had a lot of success, including when he prevailed in the 2016 US Open. Although he has yet to transfer that promise fully into the senior game, there have been signs that he is set for a big future.
The Canadian, who is just 20 years old, has been to seven finals on the ATP Tour but has been the runner-up in all of them. His most recent final was in the Murray River Open in Australia. He is going to learn a lot from those big defeats, and it won’t be long before he breaks his maiden on the tour.
Auger-Aliassime could be set for a healthy rivalry with his compatriot and his former doubles partner as a junior, Shapovalov. Those two players can push each other to get even better in the game.
At the age of just 19, Jannik Sinner is the youngest player inside the world’s top 50 in the men’s game. Last year he reached the quarter-final of the French Open at Roland-Garros, a sign that he is not fazed by the big events.
Sinner is already a two-time ATP Tour winner. He won the 2020 Sofia Open at the back end of last year, while he has already begun this season strongly, with success coming in the Great Road Ocean Open.
The Italian was the ATP Newcomer of the Year in 2019 and is known for having a very effective double-handed backhand. With more experience on his side over the next few years, he could shoot up the top end of the world rankings.
All three of the above players will be hoping to feature in the Olympics in the summer in what is a big year for the sport. Success in Japan would really help boost their profile.