The new generations of tennis advance so fast that in a short time they radically change the way of understanding this sport. This is, more or less, the feeling that Dominic Thiem has as he continues his recovery from the long ordeal that kept him in the pits for more than a year.
The Austrian (who was eliminated by Cilic in Tel Aviv and will now participate in his home tournament in Vienna), in this sense, praised young stars such as Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner and Frances Tiafoe, whom he said have brought tennis to a higher level: "Players like Alcaraz, Sinner or Tiafoe have changed tennis.
They play very fast and have raised the sport to a new level," Thiem told Der Standard, who then launched a provocation quoting the 'Big Three' Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic: "Compared to them, the 'Big Three' Big' were almost defensive or cautious.
This change definitely affects the other players, who have to change their game plan a bit every time they play against them." Jannik Sinner is currently considered one of the most talented tennis players on the circuit.
The Italian tennis player, along with Carlos Alcaraz, is seen as one of the favorites to take on the glorious legacy of the "Big Three", the three athletes who made history in recent sport. Sinner's 2022 has seen its ups and downs, but now the Italian number 1 wants to confirm himself in the Sofia tournament, clearly his favorite tournament that has seen him triumph for two consecutive editions.
Jannik has played a flawless tournament so far and has reached the semi-finals of the tournament. Now, on his way, the two most important fences are ready, and in the penultimate act the Danish Holger Rune awaits him. At the press conference, Jannik answered on many topics, from Roger Federer's retirement to Italy's Davis Cup chances.
These are his words: "Roger Federer's retirement? He is a tennis player that I have never faced, I feel that he has retired from tennis and this is something that I not only think about."
Badosa on Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz and Paula Badosa get along wonderfully.
During an interview with El Larguero, the 3rd player in the WTA rankings was full of praise for her compatriot, winner of the US Open on September 11. She insisted on an aspect of the personality of the youngest world number 1 in history.
“The level he showed in New York was incredible; the way he moved, how he let go of his punches. I think he can be number one in the world for many years, almost without realizing it. What surprises me most about him is his humility,” said the Spaniard.