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‘Fiery’ Next Gen group on the challenge of replacing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev sit together at the ATP Finals
Medvedev, Tsitsipas and Zverev will all compete at the ATP Finals (Picture: Getty)

With a mix of expertise and youth, the ATP Finals subject is one of the most intriguing in current instances and the younger weapons have an important alternative to make a press release in opposition to the previous guard of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

While Nadal and Djokovic are battling it out to complete the 12 months as world No. 1, having shared all 4 Grand Slams between them, the group of gamers hoping to exchange them are plotting upsets of their very own.

Three of the youngest 4 gamers have landed in Group Andre Agassi, with , Daniil Medvedev and standing in ’s path.

The ATP Finals players take a selfie together, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all involved
The ATP Finals group (Picture: Getty)

Medvedev and Tsitsipas are making their debuts at the O2 however Zverev enters as defending champion, having crushed Federer and Djokovic back-to-back to raise the 2018 title.

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His kind dipped the following 12 months, with Tsitsipas and Medvedev each having fun with stronger seasons than their younger rival, however he believes progress is being made of their bid to dislodge the ‘Big Three’.

Zverev mentioned: ‘Obviously Rafa, Novak and Roger have had a great rivalry for many, many years, it started from a young age so hopefully we’re the ones… perhaps some of the different guys as effectively, Shapovalov is enjoying nice .

‘Some of the young guys are not here yet but I’m certain they’ll arrive right here very quickly. There’s a really robust group of guys. We’ll see the way it goes, three years in the past after I had my breakthrough season I made it right here first time, I didn’t anticipate to make it that fast.

‘I think if you look at Daniil the year he had was amazing but was also kind of a surprise maybe to a lot of people. We’ll see outcomes which can be sudden however regular, we’ll see different guys beginning to win large tournaments.

‘I think the next two years are very exciting. The other guys are still there, they’re enjoying the greatest tennis in the world, they’re nonetheless higher than us, that’s a truth, they’re the ones profitable the large tournaments. But I feel the youthful guys are enhancing fairly shortly.’

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Medvedev has particularly impressed in 2019 and had reached six consecutive finals earlier than a shock second-round defeat to Jeremy Chardy at the Paris Masters.

Daniil Medvedev answers questions at an ATP Finals press conference
Medvedev has been in astonishing kind (Picture: Getty)

Given his current kind, he maybe is the most certainly of the children to go all the approach and he’s assured he can challenge for the title.

‘I’m nonetheless assured about my recreation,’ mentioned Medvedev. ‘Paris was not the result I wanted but it happens, it’s tennis. Jeremy performed an important match, I had my alternatives and didn’t use them.

‘Every match you play you can lose or win there’s no draw like in different sports activities. If I handle to be in nice form on Monday I’ve the probabilities to win if I play good, that’s what I’m going to attempt to do.’

On his younger rivals, he added: ‘Hopefully we’ll have loads of matches to come back all through our profession. I’ve performed 5 instances vs Stef and Sascha, completely different head to heads between them, hopefully we’ll have loads of nice matches to come back.

Tsitsipas, Medvedev and Zverev haven’t at all times seen eye-to-eye with each other however appeared comfortable in one another’s firm in the group press convention on Friday afternoon however Tsitsipas believes the ‘fiery’ nature of their relationship can be very important to hold the sport ahead when Federer, Nadal and Djokovic all grasp up their racquets.

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‘I believe the competition between us is really important to the sport,’ Tsitsipas mentioned. ‘We’re all younger. I’d say we’re simply getting began.

‘It’s very fiery. We all wish to beat each other after we face each other however for certain all of us recognize every one’s recreation. Each one of us performs in another way. It’s attention-grabbing to see a lot selection, all of us come in several shapes and sizes.

‘We are the future, we’re the ones who’re going to fill the stadiums and the ones who’re going to create the future for our sport collectively.’

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