World No. 5 Daniil Medvedev remains unclear about the timing of any future breakthrough for young players hoping to smash the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic stranglehold on tennis.

The US Open finalist last September confessed during an online chat that he cannot see a changing of the guard just yet.

And with the ATP shut down at least through July due to the COVID-19 situation, things are even more uncertain..

The last time anyone other than the over-30 Big 3 won a Grand Slam title at was the US Open four years ago (Swiss Stan Wawrinka)


“It depends on when we resume (tournament play),” the Russian said.

“If  resume at Roland Garros (now rescheduled for late September)  we can say that it will be very difficult to have a new champion. 

“In a Grand Slam you have to win seven matches. I can’t speak for the other Next Gen, but my goal is to give my best, to win my matches. 

“It’s still difficult, especially with the Big Three, who are still up there, but we play our matches, we try.”

Medvedev made a move towards the top in 2019, losing the New York Grand Slam final to Nadal after lifting Masters 1000 trophies in Cincinnati and Shanghai.

“I was very disappointed with my defeat because I don’t like to lose. A lot of people contacted me to compliment me, to tell me that I was the real winner, which I didn’t really like.

“If (I had been), I would have already (had) a Grand Slam.You have to keep working to be better. I try to be myself as much as possible.”

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