With just few days left for the third Grand Slam of the year, Wimbledon 2018, defending champion Roger Federer has revealed what the young players are lacking to win at the highest level.
Alexander Zverev, Chung Hyeon and Andrey Rublev are some young names who are part of the next generation of tennis stars. However, they are yet to challenge the superiority and dominance of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the the highest level and top of the rankings.
World no.1 Roger Federer and World no.2 Rafael Nadal have won the last six Grand Slams split between themselves, as well as 36 of the last 58 tournaments.
Interestingly, the pattern of older players dominating the game is a relatively new one. 20 times Grand Slam Champion, Federer won his first Wimbledon title at the age of 21 while Nadal won the 2005 French Open at the age of 19 only.
The Swiss master believes that the young generation will again win at the highest level but there are various factors required.
|“I think it could happen again that 17-, 18-, 19-year-olds can win Grand Slams and I think it will happen. There is no doubt about it,” Federer said.
“I just think it depends on the generation.
“I don’t care how much work you put in you also need to have luck that the talent was there, the framework was there by parents and coaches and so forth, and maybe the country, the support system you have from the federation or whatever it was, that it all just works out perfectly and that you win that Grand Slam final on top of it as well like what Chang did, or [Pete] Sampras did, or [Bjorn] Borg, or Rafa [Nadal] and so forth, Becker also, when they were teenagers.
It’s amazing to me to win Slams at such a young age.
“I think you also need a bit of luck maybe. But I think it could happen again.”
“I think it all kept us on the tour for longer and healthier. So, we can play for a longer period of time as well which the older generation didn’t have.
“They all retired between the age of 28 and 32 and now we all play into our mid-thirties almost.
“We also have longer opportunities and maybe because of this, we give younger players a more difficult route to success.”
Both Federer and Nadal decided to take some career breaks at the end of 2016 to deal with ongoing injury problems but both of the players came back strongly to win two Grand Slams each and slammed their critics with some brilliant performance.
Federer after winning the Stuttgart Open last week, will participate in Halle Open, where he will take on B. Paire in the first round.