Stefanos Tsitsipas believes it’s his responsibility to end the utter domination of the ‘Big Four’ at Wimbledon this year.
Not since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002 has a player not named Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray lifted the famous title at the All England Club, with only six other players reaching the final in that 16-year span.
Murray, a two-time winner, will not compete in this year’s singles but he confessed earlier this week that he expects the Big Four stronghold to remain in his absence.
‘I think the winner will come from those three,’ he said. ‘I guess it’s possible that some of the guys with huge serves could potentially go on a run and there will maybe be some upsets early on.
Wimbledon winners since 2003
2003: Federer d. Philippoussis
2004: Federer d. Roddick
2005: Federer d. Roddick
2006: Federer d. Nadal
2007: Federer d. Nadal
2008: Nadal d. Federer
2009: Federer d. Roddick
2010: Nadal d. Berdych
2011: Djokovic d. Nadal
2012: Federer d. Murray
2013: Murray d. Djokovic
2014: Djokovic d. Federer
2015: Djokovic d. Federer
2016: Murray d. Raonic
2017: Federer d. Cilic
2018: Djokovic d. Anderson
‘If those guys are fit and healthy and get through the first few rounds, I would expect one of them to come through.’
It’s a fair shout given Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have shared the last 10 Grand Slams between them, despite all being in their 30s, but Tsitsipas labelled their dominance on these shores as ‘boring’, while outlining his plans to upset the apple cart.
‘I want to be honest. I would love to see something different this year,’ the 20-year-old Greek said ahead of his first match against British No. 1 Kyle Edmund at Queen’s.
‘Hopefully it can be me, but I think it’s good for the sport to have a bit of variety, something different. It’s boring to see all these guys winning all the time.
‘We are responsible for that as well, the new generation, to work hard and believe in ourselves that we can come up with something new, come up with our best games to beat those guys.
‘I think it’s all a matter of character and feeling responsible for what we’re doing on the court. Some people don’t feel responsible. They don’t want to take that big responsibility of going out and winning and saying: “I’m going to overcome all those difficulties and I’m going to beat those guys.”
‘I feel like I can beat them. My game will be at its finest if some of the Next Gen players believe that, if the younger generations think positively, I think we can achieve a lot of things. I hope this will happen at Wimbledon.’
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