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Tennis will still flourish after Big Three, says Medvedev

Nov 21 (Reuters) – Tennis has survived generational modifications earlier than and will accomplish that once more when the “Big Three” of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic retire, world quantity two Daniil Medvedev mentioned on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Russian is a part of what has been dubbed the “Next Four” alongside Alexander Zverev (24), Stefanos Tsitsipas (23) and Dominic Thiem (28), a cohort that’s seeking to write the game’s subsequent chapter.

“When there was (Bjorn) Borg and (John) McEnroe, when they were close, finished their careers, everybody was like, ‘tennis is over, we won’t ever have any great players, it’s finished’,” he mentioned after falling to Zverev within the ATP Finals championship match in Turin. learn extra

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“We did have some. (Pete) Sampras, (Andre) Agassi, they were at the top. (When) Sampras retired, (it was like again people were thinking) ‘Okay, tennis is over.’

Then we had Novak, Roger and Rafa. If you asked just before they came, everybody would say, ‘Well, tennis will not be interesting anymore.’

“It’s the identical right here. Tennis is a good sport, so I do not see why our era would miss on one thing. Of course, perhaps we do not (win) 20 Grand Slams (every), but no one did earlier than Roger, Rafa and Novak, in order that they have been (all in a method) additionally worse than them… It’s undoubtedly not going to be shameful (if we win much less).”

Medvedev defeated Djokovic to earn his first Grand Slam title at September’s U.S. Open, while Thiem needed a fifth-set tiebreak to edge out Zverev in the 2020 New York final.

Zverev and Tsitsipas are both still searching for their first major, with both having squandered two-sets-to-love leads in the 2020 U.S. Open and this year’s French Open finals respectively.

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are all tied on a men’s record 20 Grand Slam titles each.

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Reporting by Rory Carroll in San Francisco, modifying by Pritha Sarkar

Tennis - ATP Finals - Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy - November 21, 2021 Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates with trophy after winning his final match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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