Rafael Nadal spoke about the Next Generation players after his win over Joao Sousa. The Spaniard, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are still dominating in the Grand Slams. But Nadal feels that the younger players will soon be successful.
“Personally, I am not thinking about sending a message to no one or about the next generation, how they are coming or not. I know they're good. I know there is going to be a day that they are going to be in front of us because they will play better than us or because we are leaving.
We are not kids any more. It’s special what we achieved in the past 15 years. Something special, difficult to repeat I think, so many titles between three players. But sometimes these kinds of things happen”. Asked if courts are slower than the previous years, Nadal replied: "Honestly, I don't think the courts are playing slower today than in 2003 for when I came the first time.
Personal feeling and personal opinion. Another thing that I say the other day is that sometimes maybe what makes the game little bit slower are the balls. I see normal feelings”. On his next opponent Sam Querrey, Nadal concluded: “He played the semi-finals in 2017, a close match to be in the final.
2017 was an amazing year for him. When he plays well, he can be very, very dangerous on all surfaces. But, of course, on fast surfaces, when he serves with his aggressive game, maybe more [dangerous]”.