The likes of Daniil Medvedev, Stephanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zereev should not be written off predicting a “big fight” with Patrick Mouratoglou, Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune of the “second new generation”.
Over the past two decades, the big three of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have sniffed their way into the majors with Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev and Andrey Rublev being the only winner. Reach the Grand Slam and No. 1 in the world.
The rise of Alcaraz, Rooney and Felix Auger-Aliasime this year has led to some speculation that Nadal, Djokovic and Federer will take over after their retirements.
Mouratoglou, who is part of Tsissipas and Rooney’s coaching staff, says the Medvedev generation should not be overlooked.
“I don’t believe Tsitsipas, Medvedev and those guys will be completely erased and this new generation of Holger, Alcaraz and Siner will only win Grand Slams.” Slam winner Serena Williams’ former coach said in a video on Instagram.
“I think there will be a big battle between two generations in the future. No generation – and very many – have failed to produce Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. None. The three greatest of all time.”
“Now it’s a very exciting time because they are not dominant, they don’t play many tournaments and a new generation is coming and a second new generation is coming. The coming new generation, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev, etc., and [second] Holger, Carlos Alcaraz, Felix Auger-Aliasime, [Jannik] sinner etc.
“They are two different generations playing against each other for many years, trying to win a Grand Slam and that makes it very interesting and exciting. Is the new generation better than the new generation? I don’t know and we will see,” he said.
Frenchman Medvedev explains why he could not win more Grand Slams.
“They were not lucky, the generation of Medvedev, Tsipas, etc., because they still had to face the big Rafa and the big Novak and they lost a lot against them, so it hurts their confidence,” he said.
The younger generation, Holger and Alcaraz, didn’t have to face that for the time being, so they still believe they can do anything, which is their wealth.
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