Toni Nadal: "Medvedev is much inferior to Rafael Nadal because..."

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Toni Nadal: "Medvedev is much inferior to Rafael Nadal because..."

The Indian Wells Masters 1000 took place without any of the Big 3s present. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal ended their 2021 early due to related physical problems, which prevented them from playing regularly this year. The Swiss underwent surgery on his right knee for the third time in the last year and a half and there is no precise plan for his return to the pitch.

The Spaniard, on the other hand, had to deal with a foot injury, which limited his performance from the Roland Garros onwards. The 35-year-old from Manacor will return in 2022, but it is not yet clear whether or not he will be at the starting line for the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic, for his part, has decided to take a long break after the final lost at the US Open. The world number 1 has made it known that he will participate in the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy, in the ATP Finals in Turin and in the Davis Cup finals, while his presence in Melbourne is uncertain.

Uncle Toni wands Next Gen

The French newspaper L'Equipe published a beautiful analysis by Toni Nadal on the performances of the Next Gen. The missteps of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev allowed Cameron Norrie to triumph in the Californian desert.

Toni said: "I can't say who is the best of the Next Gen or which of them will win the most Grand Slam titles. I can assure you that - when they are in top form - their level is not very far from that of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The problem arises when I'm not on a good day. A bad version of Daniil Medvedev is considerably lower than a bad Djokovic, a bad Nadal or a bad Federer." The latter also focused on the evolution of tennis: "When Rafa joined the ATP circuit, a more reasoned and slower tennis was played.

Today it's all about the power of the blows, young people don't want to waste time thinking. This is really a pity."