Will we ever see another BIG 3 or BIG 4?

Will we ever see another BIG 3 or BIG 4?

  • Yes

    Votes: 8 15.7%
  • No

    Votes: 21 41.2%
  • Possibly, but with less dominance.

    Votes: 22 43.1%

  • Total voters
    51

conjoshruk

Semi-Pro
The fact that we have been able to witness three of the games best players compete at the same in the same era has been truly amazing. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have established rivalries and achieved records, that may never be broken or at least not for a very long time. Andy Murray should also be mentioned in this discussion for being able to play at such a high level, during this era and make all those AO Finals (despite losing all of them). I'm curious as to whether we'll ever see something like this again. Thiem's win at the US Open seems to indicate that the BIG 3 monumental reign is almost over.
However, I think that the likely candidates appear to be Medvedev, Zverev and Tsitsipas, I guess we should probably include Thiem, but at 27 its questionable whether he will have enough time to establish himself as a dominant force and potential ATG. I feel like he will definitely win a few french opens and maybe some hard court slams as well. It would be a surprise to seem him win Wimbledon, but if Rafa can do it, then its possible. Most ATG's have usually won slams by the age of 24. While late bloomers such as Wawrinka have defied the odds.
Other next gen players like Shapovalov and FAA have potential, but lack consistency. Sinner is also an interesting prospect, put its still too early too say really.
 
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Devtennis01

Professional
The kool aid has been doing the rounds.

There have always been big 3 and 4s.
Rosewall, Newcombe and Laver.
McEnroe, Borg and Connors.
Becker, Edberg and Lendl.
And Big 2s!
Sampas and Agassi was considered a must watch.

Djokovic and Federer never even peaked at the same time.

The Big 3 and 4 is just marketing. The ATP purposely slowed things down to inflate the numbers and strengthen the brand.
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
Of course, the original Big 3 were Connors, Borg and McEnroe. That was 30 years before the current B3. Many tennis people believed we couldn't possibly see another collective group as good as the original B3. They were right, we see a better group!

We just have to wait for another 30 years!
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
We'll see another Big 3 in some form; 10, 20 or 30 years down the line. The big question is will any American, Australian or Asian be able to crack into it! Or will it be another all-Euro affair?
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
The kool aid has been doing the rounds.

There have always been big 3 and 4s.
Rosewall, Newcombe and Laver.
McEnroe, Borg and Connors.
Becker, Edberg and Lendl.
And Big 2s!
Sampas and Agassi was considered a must watch.

Djokovic and Federer never even peaked at the same time.

The Big 3 and 4 is just marketing. The ATP purposely slowed things down to inflate the numbers and strengthen the brand.
Another one was "Career Grand Slam" to market Agassi maybe! I never felt good about Agassi with his "image if everything" Mantra! He so underachieved! Martina never got any real credit for 6 majors in a row to this day; no CGS! :sneaky:
 
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Ocean Drive

Hall of Fame
Hopefully not.

The fact this "era" of well over 10 years now, has been defined by 3 players with only a few other notable exceptions is awful
 

DSH

Legend
The kool aid has been doing the rounds.

There have always been big 3 and 4s.
Rosewall, Newcombe and Laver.
McEnroe, Borg and Connors.
Becker, Edberg and Lendl.
And Big 2s!
Sampas and Agassi was considered a must watch.

Djokovic and Federer never even peaked at the same time.

The Big 3 and 4 is just marketing. The ATP purposely slowed things down to inflate the numbers and strengthen the brand.
And yet Rosewall was almost 10 years older than Newcombe!
:oops:
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
I hope you're sarcastic here LOL.
Operative word being almost. Yes, Dominic didn't have to go through any of them, so they really haven't been knocked off their perch.

But that day is coming. Sooner or later, someone's gonna take them down. Thiem is in prime position right now, but if (GOAT forbid) he fails, then there will always be someone -Tsitsipas, Medvedev, whoever, who will bring them down.
 

Jokervich

Professional
The fact that we have been able to witness three of the games best players compete at the same in the same era has been truly amazing. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have established rivalries and achieved records, that may never be broken or at least not for a very long time. Andy Murray should also be mentioned in this discussion for being able to play at such a high level, during this era and make all those AO Finals (despite losing all of them). I'm curious as to whether we'll ever see something like this again. Thiem's win at the US Open seems to indicate that the BIG 3 monumental reign is almost over.
However, I think that the likely candidates appear to be Medvedev, Zverev and Tsitsipas, I guess we should probably include Thiem, but at 27 its questionable whether he will have enough time to establish himself as a dominant force and potential ATG. I feel like he will definitely win a few french opens and maybe some hard court slams as well. It would be a surprise to seem him win Wimbledon, but if Rafa can do it, then its possible. Most ATG's have usually won slams by the age of 24. While late bloomers such as Wawrinka have defied the odds.
Other next gen players like Shapovalov and FAA have potential, but lack consistency. Sinner is also an interesting prospect, put its still too early too say really.
Big 3 reign isn't over. Federer and Nadal didn't play and Djokovic got defaulted. Wait till they all play and get knocked out properly, then say that their reign is almost over.
 

RS

Legend
Murray probably. Big 3 might be tricky who knows could take a lifetime. I could see Thiem passing Murray not that it would be easy.
 

Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
Of course, the original Big 3 were Connors, Borg and McEnroe. That was 30 years before the current B3. Many tennis people believed we couldn't possibly see another collective group as good as the original B3. They were right, we see a better group!

We just have to wait for another 30 years!
There were earlier big threes.

Late 1920's....Tilden, Lacoste, Cochet
Late 1930's ......Budge, Vines, Perry
Early 1950's.....Gonzales, Sedgman, Segura
Late 1950's/early 1960's....Gonzales, Hoad, Rosewall
Early 1970's....Newcombe, Smith, Nastase

These earlier versions played a brand of tennis which was much more entertaining than the current Big Three.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
Never say never, but I don't think we've seen anything like this in the history of tennis, 3 of greatests of all time crossing paths during their career while they are all still good enough to be competitive.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
The kool aid has been doing the rounds.

There have always been big 3 and 4s.
Rosewall, Newcombe and Laver.
McEnroe, Borg and Connors.
Becker, Edberg and Lendl.
And Big 2s!
Sampas and Agassi was considered a must watch.

Djokovic and Federer never even peaked at the same time.

The Big 3 and 4 is just marketing. The ATP purposely slowed things down to inflate the numbers and strengthen the brand.
That’s why I voted possibly with less dominance. Every decade seems to have a big 2/3/4:

60s- Laver, Rosewall, Emerson and Newcombe

70s- Borg and Connors

80s- Mac, Lendl, Becker, Edberg, and Wilander

90s- Sampras and Agassi

00s- Federer and Nadal

10s- Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, and Murray

Every sport moves on even after an iconic figure or figures hang it up. Will future gens be as good as say the big 3? No, at least not very likely. But there will still be star players just like there was in the NBA after Jordan, NHL after Gretzky, and golf after Tiger.
 

SinneGOAT

Professional
I believe no because it’s gonna be a long time before anybody musters up the strength and fortitude to go for a high slam count like the big 3 once they retire. We can technically get a big 3 style where we have three guys really dominating, but nowhere near the skill level Nadal, Federer and Djokovic were during 2000’s-2010’s.
 

Rosstour

Hall of Fame
Pretty easy to see a situation where 3-4 players monopolize everything for another decade-plus. Just hard to tell which ones they will be.
 

Jokervich

Professional
The fact that we have been able to witness three of the games best players compete at the same in the same era has been truly amazing. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have established rivalries and achieved records, that may never be broken or at least not for a very long time. Andy Murray should also be mentioned in this discussion for being able to play at such a high level, during this era and make all those AO Finals (despite losing all of them). I'm curious as to whether we'll ever see something like this again. Thiem's win at the US Open seems to indicate that the BIG 3 monumental reign is almost over.
However, I think that the likely candidates appear to be Medvedev, Zverev and Tsitsipas, I guess we should probably include Thiem, but at 27 its questionable whether he will have enough time to establish himself as a dominant force and potential ATG. I feel like he will definitely win a few french opens and maybe some hard court slams as well. It would be a surprise to seem him win Wimbledon, but if Rafa can do it, then its possible. Most ATG's have usually won slams by the age of 24. While late bloomers such as Wawrinka have defied the odds.
Other next gen players like Shapovalov and FAA have potential, but lack consistency. Sinner is also an interesting prospect, put its still too early too say really.
Pareto Principle - 20% of people make 80% of the wealth. Same thing applies in all other competitive fields. So it's actually inevitable that once these 3 retire, there will be another few players who will monopolize the majority of tournaments and prize money. A few at the top win almost everything, the majority at the bottom win almost nothing.

Anyone who doesn't like domination by a small group of players, well it's an inevitable consequence of any field where there is competition! :p
 
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