Mats Wilander says Stefanos Tsitsipas is the best bet to end top three dominance

Tennis legend Mats Wilander has picked out Stefano Tsitsipas as the next generation player with the skillset and mentality required to break the top three’s dominance on the Grand Slams.

Either Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer has won the last 10 Slams, but there is an emerging group of younger players itching to break up that monopoly.

Alexander Zverev, 22, and Tsitsipas, 20, are ranked fifth and sixth respectively in the ATP rankings, but Wilander believes it is the younger Greek who has the edge.

Asked what the NextGen players are missing to make the leap, he told reporters: ‘I don’t think there is anything missing from Tsitsipas. I think there is something missing from Zverev – there is something missing from the younger guys, Shapovalov.

‘I think what is missing is that they haven’t quite worked out how to win five-set matches – or how to play them. Usually if you haven’t figured out how you want to play tennis yourself, it is hard to accept the failures of playing five sets.

‘Which is: I played great for an hour, which we always do, and we play bad for 15 minutes. Then it is: Oh, I have still got three hours to go. Whereas on the regular Tour, one hour of great tennis means you are up a set and a break and now you hang on and you might win in two. If it goes to three, suddenly you may have to re-start.

‘But I think they haven’t figured out to play five sets. If you look at Zverev the other day. If you look at Tsitsipas, he is a 20-year-old with a 35-year-old professional tennis player’s mind.

‘He is the best in terms of knowledge and attitude and tactical skills. And in every way, fighting spirit, being positive the whole time. He is for me by far the best in those areas.

‘Obviously Sascha has a bigger serve, better backhand, never gives up etc. Doesn’t have the one-handed backhand, doesn’t play as risky. It is hard to compare the two but in terms of the possibility of where the obvious growth is coming, it is him [Tsitsipas].’

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