‘They're coming closer and closer': Novak Djokovic wary of threat from young guns at Australian Open
Added 01-19-20 11:37:01am EST - “Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic says the threat from young ?Next Gen' tennis stars is getting more and more dangerous to the established top three, as the Serb prepares to defend his title in Melbourne.” - Rt.com
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Djokovic, seeded second this year, kicks off his campaign for a record-extending eighth Australian Open title against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff at Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
The 'Big Three' of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have won each of the last 12 Grand Slams between them, and have shared 14 of the past 16 titles in Melbourne.
But Djokovic has said it is “inevitable” that younger stars will taste Grand Slam success soon, naming Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, 23, Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, and 26-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem as among the likely contenders to break the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic stranglehold.
“They're coming closer and closer. It's obvious. Medvedev had a great fight with Rafa in the last Grand Slam in US Open of last season,” Djokovic said, the ATP website reported.
“Tsitsipas played semis here last year. Dominic Thiem twice finals in French Open. They're very, very close. They're literally one set away.
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