Current world number one Rafael Nadal recently gave two possible reasons why himself, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have dominated tennis over the past decade, the Daily Express report.

With Nadal, Federer and Djokovic all in their 30’s, only three players under the age of 24 are currently in the world’s top 20, proving that the older players are ruling tennis.

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Serb Djokovic came out on top in the most recent Grand Slam, defeating Spaniard Nadal in a dramatic semi-final that lasted five hours and 15 minutes, before beating Kevin Anderson in the final to take the Wimbledon crown for a fourth time.

Between the three of them, 32-year-old Nadal, 36-year-old Federer and 31-year-old Djokovic boast an incredible 50 Grand Slams between them.

Nadal, who is hosting a tournament in his name at the end of August at his own academy, gave two possible reasons over the trio’s dominance.

There are two options to explain the fact that three players are dominating the circuit for so many years, and that we are in the top positions in the ranking for so many years.

Either we have been special, or the emerging players have not been special enough. I cannot say which is correct.

A generation with special players [is coming], either because they will be better than us in a short time, or because of our age.