The current success of youthful gamers on the lads’s tour factors to an “inevitable” shift on the prime of the ATP rankings, stated world primary Novak Djokovic.
The final 4 ATP Masters 1000 occasions — essentially the most prestigious tournaments exterior the Grand Slams — have been received by gamers exterior the ‘Large Three’ of Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.
Russian Daniil Medvedev, 25, received the ATP Finals and the Paris Masters titles final yr and has already displaced Spaniard Nadal from second spot.
Hubert Hurkacz, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev have received the three Masters occasions this yr with Greek Tsitsipas the youngest of them at 22.
Djokovic, 33, informed reporters on the Rome Masters on Monday that the outcomes confirmed there was a generational shift underway.
“There are guys like Tsitsipas, Zverev, (Matteo) Berrettini, (Andrey) Rublev which are profitable in opposition to all of us and enjoying so much and constructing their rating factors,” he added.
“Medvedev as nicely, after all, and difficult for the highest spots. Dominic Thiem has been there for a few years.
“It is inevitable that it’ll occur. The change on the lads’s rankings, prime of the rankings is coming. Whether or not it’ll occur in a month or a yr or no matter, I do not know.”
Whereas the 39-year-old Federer missed many of the final 14 months because of knee issues, Djokovic handed his document for essentially the most weeks as world primary in March.
However the Serbian, who has received 18 Grand Slam titles, is extra centered on chasing down the 20 main wins of Federer and the 34-year-old Nadal.
“I am not personally paying an excessive amount of consideration anymore to the rankings as a lot as I’m to my sport for the Grand Slams,” he stated. “These are the most important focus tournaments proper now at this stage of my profession.”
Djokovic has made adjustments to his schedule to spend extra time together with his household and since his Melbourne win has solely performed the Monte Carlo Masters and an occasion at house in Belgrade.
He’ll wind up his preparations for the French Open, which begins on the finish of the month, with this week’s Rome Masters and one other ATP occasion in Belgrade.
“4 tournaments earlier than French is I believe sufficient by way of the match play,” he stated. “So I am constructing my health and I am constructing simply my sport slowly step-by-step with the intention to peak in Paris. That is positively the place I need to play my greatest.”