Mumbai, Jan. 15 -- Will this be the year of Gennext? This has been the recurring question at the start of the season over the last three-four years. Yet, at the end of each season, the troika of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic send a collective message-not yet, kids.

The last time a player outside of the Big Three of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic laid his hands on a Grand Slam title was Stan Wawrinka, at the 2016 US Open. It's been 12 Grand Slams of renewed dominance of the familiar trio.

With Nadal getting stronger after a career-threatening injury, Djokovic close to his best and Federer, the oldest of them, smarter in choosing his events, the onus is again on the pretenders to step up and prove right Djokovic's statement, "...