Daniil Medvedev makes confident Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal comment

Daniil Medvedev reacts to US Open win over Novak Djokovic

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Danill Medvedev made a bold claim regarding the future of men’s tennis. The Russian is leading the next generation of great tennis players along with the likes of Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Matteo Berretini.

He is confident that tennis is in good hands when the ‘Big 3’ of Roger Federer, 40, Rafael Nadal, 35, and Novak Djokovic, 34, hang up their rackets.

The trio boast an astounding 60 grand slams between them and have dominated the sport for the better part of two decades.

However, like previous generations who lost their elite players, the US Open champion, who defeated Djokovic to win his first grand slam, believes the future of the game is in good hands.

“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’,” the world No 2 said.

“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.’”

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He added: “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 same here. Tennis is a great sport, so I don’t see why our generation would miss on something.

“Of course, maybe we don’t [win] 20 Grand Slams [each], yet nobody did before Roger, Rafa and Novak, so they were [all in a way] also worse than them… It’s definitely not going to be shameful [if we win less].”

Medvedev ended another impressive season with defeat to Alexander Zverev in the final of the season-ending championships in Turin.

He lost 6-4 6-4 to the German, who played some remarkable tennis en route to capturing his second ATP Finals crown.

Following the loss, the tennis star was at a loss to explain his service woes at the Pala Alpitour, which he believed was the key component in yesterday’s final.

“It’s tough to say, maybe some tiredness of the body, maybe mentally I wasn’t 100 per cent,” he explained.

“Not that I didn’t want to be, but definitely something was missing. I don’t have the answer, but it made the difference.

“Even when [my serve] was going on the line, it didn’t really have that spark. It wasn’t enough for Sascha, who is a great player and broke me two times.

“Sometimes, in a way, it’s not bad, but when you’re playing in a big final on a fast surface against someone who is serving like Sascha, it’s enough to win the match.

“We can talk about many things, but the serve was definitely the key today, and he was better.”

He had beaten Zverev five times in a row, but was unable to extend the streak as the Olympic gold medallist backed up his semi-final win over Djokovic in impressive fashion.

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