'Big Three' occupy the first places in the ATP ranking
PARIS: tennis royalty occupies the first three places in the first ATP classification of the new season, with Rafael Nadal , Novak Djokovic & Roger Federer Once again leading the way in the men's game.
World number four Dominic Thiem es uno de una nueva generación de jugadores que busca derrocar a los Tres Grandes, & el austriaco dijo el jueves que esperaba que surgiera un nuevo jugador ganador del Grand Slam en 2020.
"I think we challenged them already a lot. We also beat them especially on Masters 1000 stages & the ATP Finals," said Thiem, who was runner-up to Tsitsipas at the ATP Finals in London in November.
The Big Three have shared the last 12 Grand Slams among themselves, but Thiem predicts that the race will end this year.
"I think the last stage we have to conquer is the Grand Slam stage, & I really think we'll see a new Grand Slam champion."
Nadal & Djokovic secured two Grand Slams each last year, with the Spaniard securing end-of year top spot in the ATP classification at November's ATP finals when Djokovic failed to reach the semi-finals.
The couple began to win with consecutive sets winning in the ATP Cup on Saturday as the Australian Open houses in sight.
ATP classification on January 6:
1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9985 pts
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 9055
3. Roger Federer (SUI) 6590
4. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 5825
5. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5705
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 5300
7. Alexander Zverev (GER) 3345
8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2870
9. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2530 (+1)
10. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2335 (-1)
11. David Goffin (BEL) 2335
12. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2290
13. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2125 (+1)
14. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2050 (+1)
15. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 1955 (+1)
16. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 1930 (-3)
17. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 1840
18. Alex De Minaur (AUS) 1775
19. John Isner (United States) 1770
20. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1702