Rafael Nadal: tennis' next generation is ready to take on Big Three

    Rafael Nadal (right) poses with Greece's rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas, 20.

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    • Nadal predicts grand slam success for young rivals
    • Loses comeback match at Abu Dhabi exhibition event

    Manacor, Mallorca, Spain (CNN)Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have dominated men's tennis for more than a decade. But could this finally be the year the status quo changes?

    Starting with Federer's 2003 Wimbledon triumph, the Big Three have won 51 of 62 majors. That's a strike rate of just over 82 percent.
    Despite showing much promise, the generation immediately following the Big Three, which includes Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic, have yet to win a grand slam title.
    But Nadal, 32, believes the new generation of young players is so strong, it won't be long before they will start contending for the sport's biggest prizes.
    "For a long time, we have been very consistent," Nadal, a 17-time major winner, told CNN Sport in an exclusive interview at his academy in Manacor, on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

    'Not enough good'

    Nadal's breakthrough victory came at the 2005 French Open, when he was 19 years old. Since the