Next player to win a slam not named Federer, Djokovic, Nadal

chimneysweep

Semi-Pro
Honestly would not surprise me. He is showing some flashes of his old form. If he can avoid Nadal or Federer (although once fully back in form he can beat Fed at RG if they meet, but probably not at any other slam) I could see him sneaking one last one out. We all know he can beat Djokovic.
 

THUNDERVOLLEY

G.O.A.T.
If anything in this life is certain, If history has taught us anything, it's that the next gen, lost gen, gold, silver, bronze and platinum gen can't beat anyone. Slams for big 3 until 2045, Tom.
At present, it certainly looks that way. Each of the three ganddaddies could be reduced to nothing more than a head connected to a car battery and they would still run over the past 2+ genrrations.
 

rUDin 21

Rookie
Someone at the USO this year.I don't know why but I don't see Djokovic defending his USO title.Thiem or Tsitsipas or maybe even Zverev if we're going Twin Peaks mode.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
I think it will be Tsitsipas and I think it could happen as early as the AO. It wouldn't surprise me if he made it to the QF of the USO and used the confidence garnered from that to make the break through at the AO/

My only alternate pick is FAA but I'm not as sold on his potential as many here are.
 

papertank

Hall of Fame
At this point Thiem and Tittypas have the best chances, and it’s not very high. Thiem will run into a big brick wall called the king of clay each year and Stefanos is still pretty young and inexperienced. FAA is probably my third pick, or Zverev if he ever gets his crap together.

Though I don’t expect Raonic or Nishikori to ever beat the big 3 in a slam, I do trust them more than the next gen to make it through the draw if someone manages to take out the big 3. So they’re also in the mix.
 
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D.Nalby12

Legend
It is not important "who" but "when". Big 3 in their thirties have won last 11 Slams in a row - someone should stop them asap.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
I am curious as to why so many think that Felix Auger-Aliassime will win Grand Slams? What is it that I am not seeing in his game?
I'd have to say the exact same thing I'm not seeing. I added him as my alternate to win a GS based on all the whoopla not anything that I've seen that gets me excited. I guess we should all keep in mind that Zverev was supposed to be the next ATG, I never saw it, and look how that turned out. (and yes I know there's still time but....)
 

blablavla

Semi-Pro
I'd have to say the exact same thing I'm not seeing. I added him as my alternate to win a GS based on all the whoopla not anything that I've seen that gets me excited. I guess we should all keep in mind that Zverev was supposed to be the next ATG, I never saw it, and look how that turned out. (and yes I know there's still time but....)
perhaps he has guts, or what other would call balls?
 

blablavla

Semi-Pro
They all have balls, they're yellow and get frequently with large rackets.
some tend to forget them at home, and then mask it with respect for the ATGs or the top of the tour, aka politely waiting Roger, Nole and Rafa to retire before they try to win a GS or attempt at #1 in ranking.
FAA looks like a hungry lion.
While he might lack certain traits, one shall not underestimate the mental side of the game.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
some tend to forget them at home, and then mask it with respect for the ATGs or the top of the tour, aka politely waiting Roger, Nole and Rafa to retire before they try to win a GS or attempt at #1 in ranking.
FAA looks like a hungry lion.
While he might lack certain traits, one shall not underestimate the mental side of the game.
Mental side of the game is important but so are skills. Until I see the skills, I won't understand the hype. And frankly I see the same hunger in many of them so I don't think FAA stands out.

Like I said I posted him as an alternative because of the hype. I'll believe it when I see it.
 

Pitti

New User
you mean a true NextGen? :-D
:laughing:

Seriously, I don't really like any of the young players, except for the two Canadians, Shapovalov and FAA. I think Thiem could win RG some of these years if Nadal gets injured or something like that...
 

chimneysweep

Semi-Pro
Mental side of the game is important but so are skills. Until I see the skills, I won't understand the hype. And frankly I see the same hunger in many of them so I don't think FAA stands out.

Like I said I posted him as an alternative because of the hype. I'll believe it when I see it.
I agree with what you said except the hunger part. I do not see hunger in many of them. So for me that makes FAA stand out. I agree with you though I dont know if the actual game and weaponary are enough, but he is so young still.
 
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The Blond Blur

Professional
Thiem will get a FO when Nadal completely falls off a cliff so maybe 2022-2023. Rafa is still the favorite for the next 2 years i think.
 

Justin Side

Hall of Fame
Thiem at the 2022 French Open. I'm done predicting the big 3 will fall off any time soon. The gap between them and the top younger guys looked as large as ever at Wimbledon.
 
The man’s name is Medvedev. He’ll do it against an aging Novak several times. And the boring baseline defensive battles will ruin tennis.
 
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I believe that when the big 3 retires or become weaker, the other players will increase their level because they will win big tournaments. It's gonna make them stronger mentally, they will have more confidence etc. We will have something like in the 80's-90's when there were more players able to win slams, but without the same dominance over the others. Which will allow the possibility of big surprises sometimes, but I think the field will be constituted of ''champions'', not just ''good players'' as they are today. Tsitsipas, Thiem, Kachanov can turn great. The best players will be more consistent at slams so there is gonna be suspense, with good matches where most of the quarter finalists will have a chance of winning, and we'll be very happy about it.

But even if big 3 stays at their level they might struggle more with their rankings because of the amount of tournaments. They're gonna have to win every time they play. For example Thiem has very strong chances to win RG/USO if he faces a tired Djokovic who beat Nadal in an epic battle in the semis.

FAA I think is a bit overrated. Because he is very young we like to think he can be so great, but he seems already so mature, mentally and physically. His tennis is already there. He has a good mindset but I don't see him as a pure killer on the court. Tsitsipas looks so hungry and hates defeat so much like Serena Williams. I think he will become so amazing when he is more adult. He has a lot of of improvements to do as a person that can make him way greater than he already is, and I don't think FAA has such a room for improvements. Khachanov is strong physically and mentally, he can be a real pain in a slam. He did great last year at the USO against Nadal.
 

Shaolin

G.O.A.T.
Let it be Zverev or Medvedev.

Although, how cool would it be to have Shapo winning something after Djokovic / Nadal dominnace?
Perhaps some kids would start learning how to hit winners as opposed to wait mistakes.

Let it be ANYONE BUT Zverev or Medvedev!

Unless its Mischa Zverev or Andrei Medvedev :)
 

Cortana

Hall of Fame
Thiem.

I mean he beat Djokovic in RG 2017 and 2019. Basically preventing a 5 slam in a row streak.
 
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