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Wimbledon: Stefanos Tsitsipas targets ‘big four’ stranglehold

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Stefanos Tsitsipas was ranked 37th in the world at this time last year
Fever-Tree Championships
Venue: Queen’s Club, London Dates: 17-23 June
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World number six Stefanos Tsitsipas says he and other young players must “take responsibility” to end the older generation’s Wimbledon stranglehold.

Since Lleyton Hewitt’s win in 2002, the following 16 men’s singles titles have been won by the ‘big four’ of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray.

“I would love to see something different this year. Hopefully it will be me,” said 20-year-old Greek Tsitsipas. “It would give it a little bit of variety, something different.”

Tsitsipas, who begins his Fever-Tree Championships campaign at Queen’s Club against British number one Kyle Edmund on Tuesday, added: “Some don’t want to take the responsibility of going out and overcoming all those difficulties and beat those guys.

“We are responsible as the new generation to work hard to come up with something new and our best games to beat them.”

German great Boris Becker, citing the fact that Austria’s Dominic Thiem is the only active player under the age of 28 to have played in a Grand Slam final, said this month that “mindset and attitude” were holding back younger players.