Toni Nadal: 'Now, kids are more immature, they struggle to develop'

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Toni Nadal: 'Now, kids are more immature, they struggle to develop'

Interviewed by El Mundo, Toni Nadal praised players belonging to the 30-and-above age-group, while mentioning the difference between them and the younger generation of tennis players.

'Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and someone else, like David Ferrer, have been very focused with a very big ability of [being able to] sacrifice,' said Toni.

'For Federer, despite his age and all that he's won, tennis continues to be a priority. The same can be said for Rafa, despite all his injuries. There have always been very good players, but this generation may have been more committed.

Nadal, Federer and Djokovic won 47 Grand Slam titles combined. If we take as example Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe's generation, (though) it was very brilliant as well, we see they only won 26. Here is where the senior Nadal spoke about the younger generation. 'The generation that was supposed to take over wasn't good enough.

That's the reflection of society we live in, which is ultra protective with kids. When we came to the Tour, the best players were aged 21-23. Now, at this age most of them on the Tour have't come of age. yet. Why? Because kids are more immature and they struggle to develop.' ALSO READ: Lleyton Hewitt confident Federer and Nadal will dominate in 2018 .