'Younger players don't win because of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer'


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'Younger players don't win because of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer'

Why are youngsters unable to win the bigger tournaments? The seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander believes that there is an obvious reason for this. '(Roger) Federer and (Rafael) Nadal are obviously the two best players of all time in terms of dominating in two generations,' Wilander said, as quoted by The Washington Post. 'I’ve never seen two players with that much drive, talent and passion for the spot. I think they have fuelled each other in many ways. That’s the real reason we don’t have teenage winners.'

Wilander also believes that players being more professional in their approach has also been a factor in recent years: 'It sounds shallow, but it’s not; it’s a huge difference. In our day, people couldn’t afford to have a physical trainer, a physical therapist a tennis coach. Lots of guys just travelled on their own. We made good money, don’t get me wrong, but not enough to spend $50,000 a week on three or four different people to take care of our body all the time. So it’s tough today until you can break through and make good money and surround yourself with the team you want.'

Wilander was speaking during Wimbledon, he will be back as Eurosport commentator at the US Open, New York.

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