Roger Federer calm over NextGen threat to dominance with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer believes the dominance of men’s tennis he has had with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be tested in 2020 by the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev.

Federer’s hopes of a seventh ATP Finals title came to a disappointing end after he produced an error-strewn display against Tsitsipas.

The Swiss was well off his best and Tsitsipas took full advantage to win 6-3 6-4.

It is the second time in three years that a member of the ‘Big Three’ has failed to reach the final of the ATP Finals.

2019 has seen the likes of the emergence of Tsitsipas, Thiem and Daniil Medvedev in the biggest matches while Zverev also remains a high-quality player.

Speaking after the match, Federer was asked whether 2020 could finally be the year when the young generation makes their mark.

And the 38-year-old admitted the gap is closing on the decorated trio.

He said: “It’s the same question every year at the end of the year, and I feel like I’m answering it the same way.

“But does it feel like this year might be the best year yet? Possibly.

“Then the only issue is that it seems like me, Novak, and Rafa are healthy, healthier than maybe in previous years, as well, because remember when Novak had the elbow, Rafa had knee or whatever it was, and I had knee myself or the back.

“And Murray is also not where he used to be. Yeah, like, okay he’s not here right now.

“So from that standpoint, I just think they have proven their point this year by qualifying for the World Tour Finals, and also now at least one of them making it to the finals and maybe also Sascha again repeating what he did last year or Dominic also what he showed again at this World Tour Finals, winning five titles beating all of us top guys.

“Definitely it’s that next step they need, and seems like Dominic is in his absolute prime right now. Yeah, I would think so.”

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