Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem won the US Open, Alexander Zverev won Olympic gold in Tokyo, the others have not won any major trophies in their careers, and they still consider them representatives of the Next Generation.
For many tennis fans - unjustified. And not only for the fans, but also for the players, since Fabio Fognini expressed concern for the future of white sports at the moment when Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal leave the stage.
Simply put, young lions are still little kittens for the best three in history. The Italian veteran is determined on that issue. "I will be completely open. Maybe because I belong to the old forge, I don't like the future of tennis.
Each player looks like the other." "They are all the same. You only see guys forcing the forehand and serving powerfully. I don't like it at all ", specified Fognini, who will celebrate his 35th birthday in May.
Novak is a year younger than Rafa and even five than FedEx, when he continues to rise to the podium, even though the Swiss have been suffering from knee pain for a long time and it is only a matter of days when he will announce the end of his career.
"When I finish my professional career, I will no longer watch tennis on television, nor will I pay for a ticket to attend a tournament. No sense in telling you now - It is not worth it." "The only player I would still watch is Federer.
I would like to be in a situation to see him once again in the old days. I really love his style, everything looks so simple, and it really isn’t. I'm not sure we'll see the best version of Fedex one more time. "
Fabio Fognini on Djokovic
Although he is not considered a great gentleman on the ATP tour, Fabio Fognini behaved like a gentleman, explaining the problems that Novak Djokovic faced during his recent stay in Melbourne.
"Absoultely crazy case. I called him as soon as he was deported from Australia. The whole situation saddened me, and I believe that he only fought against the decision to have his visa revoked, because he knew he was right."
"There was more talk about Novak than about the first Grand Slam of the season. I would like him to compete. Only Novak knows whether he was lying down, it is a matter of personal nature and that is why I would not discuss this topic anymore.
" The world of tennis has been talking for days about another veteran, the withdrawal of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. "Great friend. I was saddened by everything that has happened to him in recent years (11 surgeries, op.
Cit.) And the way he said goodbye to the racket the other day." "I know what Juan Martin really is. He was one of the few who was able to threaten the big four (Djokovic, Federer, Nadal, Marie) when they were at the top.
We have not had the opportunity to talk directly these days, but I wish him all the best from the bottom of my heart, "Fognini added.