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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic embrace young ATP Finals stars of tomorrow

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are joined by the ATP Finals stars
The ATP Finals discipline is a mix of youth and expertise (Picture: Getty)

They could all have targets on their backs, however Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are all embracing the following era of stars who’ve joined them at this yr’s ATP Finals.

Aside from the ‘Big Three’ – all of whom are of their 30s, with Federer the oldest at 38 – Dominic Thiem, 26, is the oldest participant within the eight-man discipline, with the opposite 4 gamers – Matteo Berrettini, , and – all aged 23 or youthful.

The children have made no secret of their want to overthrow the greats of the game over the approaching years and whereas Djokovic and Nadal have dominated at Grand Slam degree this season, they’re hoping to make an announcement this week on the O2.

ATP Finals Groups

Group Andre Agassi

Nadal
Medvedev
Tsitsipas
Zverev

Group Bjorn Borg

Djokovic
Federer
Thiem
Berrettini

Zverev defeated Federer and Djokovic back-to-back to win the title – the largest of his young profession – right here a yr in the past and Federer believes that run has been a catalyst for his fellow Next Gen stars to step up and qualify for the season-ending showpiece.

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Federer stated: ‘What I like in regards to the young guys like Matteo right here qualifying for the primary time, it goes away from simply saying like: “Oh, we have some talented players on the tour”.

‘There’s a distinction between that and being one thing of a nationwide hero in your individual nation already and being a top-10 participant on the earth in , which isn’t simple to attain.

‘So I think that’s nice that they’re half of the World Tour Finals. It’s going to offer them nice expertise as nicely shifting ahead to attain issues at Slam degree, Masters 1000, being surrounded with the eight, having the strain of enjoying in opposition to fellow prime 10 gamers from the get-go right here.

‘It’s one thing that can solely assist your profession. Sascha’s win final yr was undoubtedly a bit of a catalyst for the remaining of the group who’ve certified this yr.’

Djokovic, sat alongside Federer within the Group Bjorn Borg press convention added: ‘I think it’s a terrific message for the game.

Multiple ATP Finals winners

6 – Federer
5 – Djokovic
5 – Lendl
5 – Sampras
4 – Nastase
3 – Becker
3 – McEnroe
2 – Borg
2 – Hewitt

‘It was inevitable that it was going to happen, that we were going to have a really successful next generation coming in. I think Roger, Rafa and I are still glad that we’re within the combine. That’s not going to hold on for ever. So I feel the game is in good fingers.

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‘These guys are great guys off the court. They understand and respect the sport. They show good values. Of course we’re going to get pleasure from cheering them on after we’re finished with our careers.’

Nadal can be eager to stay the children on the field in future years, however nonetheless hopes to compete with the group for the foreseeable future.

Most year-end No. 1 finishes

6 – Sampras
5 – Federer
5 – Djokovic
5 – Connors
4 – Nadal
4 – Lendl
4 – McEnroe

‘I am 33-and-a-half. That’s previous, young. Old to play tennis. Young as a human person,’ stated Nadal. ‘I’m completely satisfied to be the place I’m to day to be the place I’m at this stage of my profession.

‘We can see here there’s lots of very young gamers and they’re enhancing. Ones right here and not right here, they’re enhancing fast too. That’s the conventional cycle of life, it’s wholesome for the game, too.

‘They have good competition between each other in front for the next years, no? They will fight for the same things, they’re kind of identical age. Will be good rivalries for our sport, hopefully I can nonetheless compete with them for some time and then I’ll watch on TV.’

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