Who among the Next Gen stars could breakthrough in the future? Roger Federer named one player who may be in the tennis elite in a few years, and it's someone whom he faced twice in 2017: Frances Tiafoe.
Federer beat him both at 2017 US Open and Basel, but in New York he struggled a lot prevailing only in the fifth set. 'I think he has great power,' the Swiss recognized during Match for Africa press conference in March.
'He is a winner. He likes the big stage, he showed it against me at the US Open against me in the night session. No intimidation. That's what you need to have if you want to go up in the rankings,' said Federer, who also indicated that handling losses will be the key.
Federer also commented on how tennis will look like in the future. And he thinks that the one-handed backhand will still be used by some players. We see Denis Shapovalov hitting it very well. 'It was such an important shot in our game, it started like that and then the game evolved.
I think it will never go away, I think the one-handed backhand will always have a nice place in our tennis,' Federer said. ALSO READ: Toni Nadal reveals what he doesn't like about Roger Federer