Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won the last 12 Grand Slam finals between them.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s era of dominance at the top of men’s tennis is approaching it’s climax.
That’s according to former British tennis player Mark Petchey, who believes the younger generation are finally getting closer.
Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have won 13 ATP singles titles between them this year.
But there have been equally impressive performances from players such as Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev in particular.
Medvedev almost pulled off a big upset at the US Open as he took Nadal to five sets in the final, only to suffer defeat to the world No 1.
Stefanos Tsitsipas also pulled off a surprise win over Federer at the Australian Open while Thiem overcame Djokovic at the French Open.
The younger players still have another level to find in order to break into the world top three.
But Petchey has seen signs that it isn’t too far away from happening.
“I believe we are getting towards that tipping point where we are going to start seeing the next generation knocking on the door a little more frequently,” Petchey told Tennis365.
“The younger players are getting closer to that breakthrough, but not yet.
“What we have seen over the course of 2019 has confirmed that when Rafa, Roger and Novak are on top of the game, they are still the best.
“They might not see it this way right now, but I think it is great for the next generation guys to have a chance to get out there and take on these legends.
“The more they can get out there and test themselves against the best players in the world, the more they will get a feel for what they need to improve about their game in the off-season and maybe we will see them start to challenge the established elite in 2020.”
Nadal enters the season-ending ATP Finals as the world No 1, but faces a race against time to prove his fitness.
He pulled out of the Paris Masters with a stomach issue, which Novak Djokovic went on to win.
Federer meanwhile hasn’t competed since winning the Swiss Indoors last month.