The Spaniard Rafael Nadal is confident that the Next Generation will soon breakthrough on the ATP Tour. Prior to the US Open, Nadal said: 'The young guys are coming: (Alexander) Zverev, (Denis) Shapovalov... I'm not going to name them all, but there are many out there right now who I think are particularly special, and they are obviously going to replace us.
It’s either because they are going to just be better than us in a short time or because logic dictates that age will eventually catch up to us.' Nadal and Roger Federer marked the new Millennium, but the Spaniard added: 'Our era was particularly exceptional, when a series of players dominated the tour for years, at the highest level of tennis, at the biggest tournaments.' Nadal also commented on his compatriot Jaume Munar's potential.
Munar reached his first ATP career-semifinal at the Kitzbuhel's Generali Open and trains at the world No. 1's Academy. 'He has made major strides in recent months and for us at the academy, it is with great satisfaction to see that we are able to help an up-and-coming Spanish player', Nadal said.