Breaking the old guard: the emergence of tennis' new 'Big Three' according to McEnroe

Wednesday, 10 July 2024 at 17:17
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Former world number one John McEnroe believes that the likes of Ben Shelton or Holger Rune can complete the new ‘Big Three’ in tennis. The famous ‘Big Three’ consisted of legendary players such as the former world number one, Switzerland’s Roger Federer, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.
With Federer already retired and Nadal on the brink of retirement after announcing that he will hang his racket at the end of the 2024 season, the older ‘Big Three’ is all but finished, which has dominated men’s tennis for over a decade.
McEnroe was recently quoted in a report as saying that while current world number one Jannik Sinner and Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz are already looking like perfect replacements for Federer and Nadal, America’s Shelton and Denmark’s Rune can become the new Djokovic to complete the trio.
"But clearly Sinner and Alcaraz have taken it a step way above these other guys. I would put (Ben) Shelton. I am not sure I'd put (Holger) Rune ahead of Shelton at this point. I am hoping, maybe it's just because we're hoping in America he breaks out big. But he's got that," McEnroe said.
All four players participated in Wimbledon 2024, but only one is still alive in the race to claim the title. World number one Sinner suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinal in a five-set thriller, with a score of 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.
America’s Shelton was knocked out of the competition after losing in the round of 16 to Sinner in straight sets with a score of 6-2, 6-4, 7-6. Denmark’s Rune lost in the fourth round to world number two Djokovic in straight sets with a score of 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Alcaraz, on the other hand, booked his place in the competition's semifinal after beating America’s Tommy Paul with a score of 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Yesterday, Ben Shelton hit a 246.2 km/h (153.0 mph) serve. Here are the facts: - Fastest Wimbledon serve ever (❗) - 9th on the fastest serve ever list - 5th on the fastest ATP-recognised serve list This really didn't make the headlines... But wow!


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