Rafael Nadal's uncle names future tennis stars


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Rafael Nadal's uncle names future tennis stars

In an interview with Dazn, Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni spoke about the future of the game. The 58-year-old said: "We have a good generation like we have not been having for a long time. But there are no replacements so far.

There are good guys like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev and Denis Shapovalov but it depends on how much effort they want to make. Because differences are less and the attitude makes a difference."

In a column for El Pais Toni praised the ATP Finals championship clash between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem: "I think no one was surprised by the big tennis quality and the consistent doubt on who would be the ATP Finals winner during the final, which made the crowd being doubtful until the end of the third set tie-break.

Both Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas performed as the greats do. They are very complete on every shot, on serve, with the forehand and backhand, and they are able to perform at a high intensity all the time, they have the mental strength that allows them to go through the toughest times.

The Greek was more consistent throughout the match. Today we have many statistics prior to every match but no one can predict what would have happened if Roger Federer converted 11 of the 12 break points he had during the semifinals match against Stefanos Tsitsipas, what would have happened if Thiem's focus did not drop in the set."

Rafa is playing the Davis Cup this week in Madrid. He defeated Karen Khachanova to help level Spain's first tie against Russia on Tuesday. Earlier, Andrey Rublev won the first singles rubber for Russia against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers teamed up in doubles to defeat Rublev and Khachanov to help Spain win the tie, 2-1.