With Zverev’s two Masters wins and Dimitrov’s Cincy win, the tennis world has seen two brand new Masters champions, both of whom are younger than their Big Four counterparts.
Are we beginning to see the rise of the Next Gen? Zverev is by far the most promising member of the new generation, and he’s even a major contender for grand slams now. Kyrgios can beat anyone when his head is on right. Dimitrov has finally broken through. Shapovalov is an interesting addition, having beaten Nadal in Montreal.
We haven’t heard much from the Next Gen, but they’re starting to pop up now, getting better and better results with each tournament. While this is partly due to Murray and Djokovic’s fall, these results have to be appreciated. In an era that has been dominated by the Big Four for so long, were finally getting to see new players get important victories.
We could even see a new grand slam champion in the coming weeks. Rafa and Roger have some concerns and all the other top dogs are out, leading the way for a new player, especially a younger one, to hoist their first major trophy, signifying the fall of the Big Four and the passing of the torch in a sense.
This has been a long time coming. For years, the Big Four and Wawrinka have dominated the tour, Cilic and del Potro the only players being able to fight their way to a grand slam title. Zverev, Dimitrov, and Kyrgios are all contenders for the US Open, but their lack of experience could prove detrimental.
We are finally seeing the rise of the Next Gen, and it’s been a long time in the making. The entire Lost Gen as they are termed have come and gone, and it is now up to the younger players like Zverev to take their place. Will they be able to live up to their hype and dethrone those who have been at the top of the game for so long? We’ll have to wait and see.
Either way is good for fans. They’ll get to see their favorite legends continue to dominate or witness the passing of the torch. One will delay the inevitable and the other will shake things up a bit. Who knows what will happen?