In an interview with W Radio Colombia, Tomas Berdych recalled when he played his maiden Grand Slam final that he lost to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, in 2012. The Czech player said: "It was the first time reaching the Grand Slam finals after beating Roger and Novak.
Rafa was playing extremely good at the time and he had had won so many Slams so he was much more experienced. Rafa was just too good, it was a very difficult match and he was way better that day. He is one of the greatest in our sport."
On the next generation, he added: "I remember the next generation was coming up and they were not able to step up because our generation was extremely good and tough. But now the younger guys are coming up and they are taking their position.
The mix up is very nice right now because you can see the old and the new generations. It's really interesting times in tennis. It is a sport so everything is possible but it's gonna be a long term run because the process may take a few more years because the new guys need to grow up and go through new experiences.
It's a long road ahead and it will be difficult." Coach Andrey Cheskonov spoke about the Russians: "Rublev just won the tournament in Moscow and he lost to Tsonga who can be inspired when he plays in front of his home crowd.
After six finals, you at least expect another final by Medvedev. But look at Federer: in 2017 he won the Australian Open, Indian Wells and then in another tournament (Dubai) he lost to Evgeny Donskoy. So Chardy is playing well now, he knows how to play tennis and Medvedev is not a machine. Karen Khachanov just became a father and it's tough mentally to play for him."