Andy Murray fires Federer, Nadal and Djokovic warning to Sinner, Alcaraz and Medvedev | Tennis | Sport

Federer is now retired and Nadal is expected to follow suit at the end of this year, opening the door for the next generation to fill the void left by their exits. Alcaraz is widely considered to be the brightest young talent in tennis, while Sinner underlined his own credentials by winning his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.

Medvedev has also established himself as one of the best of the rest but Murray is not entirely convinced that a new ‘big three’ will emerge straight away, insisting that it could take several years for a new pecking order to be determined.

Speaking after his defeat to teenager Jakub Mensik at the Qatar Open, Murray said: “My feeling is that it takes a little bit of time to create that. I’m not saying that it’s not possible that Alcaraz and Sinner and Medvedev or some of the younger guys are dominating and are at the top of the sport and then the latter stages of the major events for five, six, seven years in a row.

“It is definitely possible and those guys are good enough to do it, but I think people are sort of searching for that era again of, like, a group of players that are competing and winning most weeks, but it takes time to build that. That doesn’t come from one tournament to the next.

“You know, it was over the course of I think, like, six, seven, eight years and playing in the finals of majors all of the time, so let’s see. I think it’s a possibility, particularly with Alcaraz and Sinner. I think Medvedev is brilliant, as well. There is a possibility, yeah, that it happens but no guarantee.”

It remains to be seen whether the younger generation will be able to assert themselves at the next Grand Slam of the year, with the French Open less than three months away. Nadal has dominated the event throughout his career but there is no guarantee that he will be competitive at Roland Garros in light of his recent injury struggles.

Djokovic, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce back from his Australian Open final defeat by winning the top prize in Paris later this year. However, the likes of Sinner, Alcaraz and Medvedev will be looking to claim the honours for themselves in what is shaping up to be a wide-open battle for glory.

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