Published On: Sun, Aug 11th, 2019

Andy Murray predicts when Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal dominance will end


As a trio Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have combined to take men’s tennis to another level over the last 15 years.

To his immense credit, Murray was also a focal member of a quartet which had a stranglehold on the biggest prizes before being hampered by injury.

But Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have won a combined 54 Grand Slams and 95 Masters 1000 titles.

The last person other than those three to win a Grand Slam was Stan Wawrinka in 2016.

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev have threatened to disrupt Federer, Djokovic and Nadal’s control but are yet to get over the line.

And ahead of the US Open in September, Federer, Djokovic and Nadal are the favourites to win the final Grand Slam of the year.

But Murray, who will make his return to singles action next week in Cincinnati, does believe change is coming.

“I can see something happening in the next couple of years,” he told the ATP.

“Maybe the next 12-18 months I don’t quite see it. But in 18 months to two years I think we’ll see some changes up there.

“I think it will mainly come from the younger ones. That’s not to say that some of the older guys couldn’t potentially win a Slam. I just don’t see one of them becoming dominant.

“Potentially some of the younger guys get up to the top four or five in the world and stay there for a long period.”

After confirming his return to singles action in Ohio, Murray has also added the Zhuhai Championships and Beijing Open to his schedule.

He wrote on Facebook: “As I look to play more singles events later in the year, I’m happy to announce I’ll be playing at the inaugural Zhuhai Championships in the week of Sept 23.

“I have always enjoyed playing in China and Zhuhai is meant to be a great city.

“It’s close to Macau and Hong Kong, with an impressive stadium and I can’t wait to experience it.

“Some more good news for my Chinese fans… I’m also going to play Beijing the week after Zhuhai.

“I’ve got some great memories from playing in Beijing (especially the one below!), it’s a really interesting city, and I’m looking forward to heading back there again!”



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