Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev are the world’s leading players at the end of 2021. The mentioned trio claimed 15 ATP titles in the season behind us, winning all four Majors, four Masters 1000 titles, the ATP Finals and the Olympic gold. In his recent interview, the German stated they are the new ‘Big 3’ of men’s tennis, playing above all the others in the second part of the season and expecting the same from them in 2022. Zverev and Medvedev are the most prominent players of the new generation (players born in 1996 and after), challenging Novak Djokovic and battling for notable titles on different surfaces.
The Serb is still a player to beat after an incredible run at Majors in 2021, and the German and the Russian will try to change that in the upcoming season and take the throne from the 20-time Major winner. At 34, Novak is still ranked above his closest rivals, winning 27 out of 28 matches at Majors in 2021 and barely missing a chance to achieve a calendar Grand Slam, the first since Rod Laver in 1969! Djokovic conquered the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon to join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Majors, setting eyes on the US Open and seeking the ultimate tennis glory.
Alexander Zverev revealed the new ‘Big 3’ players, including himself.
Reaching the title clash, Novak fell on the last step following a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Daniil Medvedev, who secured the first Major crown at 25. Alexander Zverev delivered two Masters 1000 trophies and the ATP Finals crown in the season behind us, leading the Tour with six ATP titles and setting eyes on high goals in 2022, wishing to finally break the spell at Majors and join the list of immortals. Zverev became an Olympic champion in Tokyo, and he wants to take the next step and become world no. 1 in a battle against Novak and Daniil.
“I think next year could be very similar to what we had in the second part of 2021. People were always talking about Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic before; now, the big titles were the Olympics, the US Open, the ATP Finals and Wimbledon, and Medvedev, Djokovic and I claimed them all. I do not expect it to be any different next year,” Alexander Zverev said.