The 2003 Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis praised Roger Federer's longevity. The former Australian player is impressed by the Swiss's motivation although he will soon turn 37. 'It’s incredible that he’s still playing', Philippoussis admitted, as quoted by AFP.
'I have so much respect for the guy in that he’s as hungry as ever. He wants to keep improving and that’s the sign of a true champion. He is just an incredible inspiration. When he’s in trouble, he usually has four options.
That’s the difference. Some other players may have two options; others just one.' Philippoussis also spoke about the next generation, made up of his compatriot Nick Kyrgios. 'He has got all the talent in the world, everyone knows that, but just having talent alone won’t get you there', admitted Mark on Nick.
'It’s very important to improve other things — to get strong mentally and physically'. He also spoke about another young player: '(Alexander) Zverev has the whole package. With his mind and work ethic, he’s the one I have my money on.
Does Nick have the ability and the game? Absolutely. But there are other things.' Zverev already won three Masters 1000: 2017 Rome and Montreal, 2018 Madrid. In a few weeks, he will try to defend his title at the Rogers Cup, in Toronto.