“Medvedev, Zverev, Tsitsipas are no longer Next Generation,” Rafael Nadal said on FirstSportz

Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev
Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev

Number 6 in the world Rafael Nadal currently preparing for his visit to Abu Dhabi where he will play in the 3-day exhibition tournament, Mubadala Tennis World Championship where is the 5 time champion and also the defending champion. This will be the Spaniard’s first match since he left the third round at Washington Open 2021 in August.

Nadal is looking to get back in shape in preparation for the Australian summer of 2022, where he will also have a chance to win his 21st Grand Slam title. Nadal currently has only 1 title at the Australian Open and with Roger Federer not play this year and Novak DjokovicHis participation was questionable, it was a golden opportunity for Rafa to take the lead over his Big-3 members.

While Federer and Novak will always be his biggest rivals, the latest generation of players are no different than those who are challenging veterans and taking over the sport slowly. With Daniil Medvedev and Dominic Thiem once won a Grand Slam title and young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev not quite falling behind after having played in Grand Slam finals while also dominating the Tour.

“We have to stop talking about Next Generation. They are no longer “Next Generation”, they cannot be forever. Players like Medvedev, Zverev or Tsitsipas have already taken this step: they are now the current generation, one of the present,” Rafa said while speaking to the Spanish channel Vamos de Movistar.

Rafael Nadal will join Andy Murray, Dominic Thiem, Emma Raducanu in Abu Dhabi

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Nadal and Russia Andrey Rublev have received their goodbyes and will be going to the semi-finals while Casper Ruud, Denis Shapovalov, Dominic Thiem and Andy Murray will play in the quarterfinals. The winner between Ruud and Shapovalov will play Rublev in the semi-finals while the winner between Murray and Thiem will play Nadal in the semifinals.

Tokyo Olympics Gold Medal Belinda Bencic will play US Open 2021 winner Emma Raducanu in a single match at the tournament. The tournament is scheduled for December 16-18.

Also read: WOAH! Rafael Nadal accepts that Djokovic is ‘best positioned’ to win most Grand Slam titles “Medvedev, Zverev, Tsitsipas are no longer Next Generation,” Rafael Nadal said on FirstSportz


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