Klizan: 'Younger players will fight for ranking when Federer, Nadal retire'



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Klizan: 'Younger players will fight for ranking when Federer, Nadal retire'

Martin Klizan believes that Next Generation on the men's side is being well promoted. The world no. 49 said that he thought the younger players have some great advantages now. 'It’s good that the ATP is making progress on promoting those players.

When I was 20 or 21 there wasn’t such a promotion like now. And it’s good there is such promotion now. It seems lke there are a lot of very young U23 players, which is great for tennis. It’s gonna be interesting to see the fight for the no.1 (ranking in the) sport or maybe for the places in Top-10 when (Roger) Federer or (Rafael) Nadal or other really top guys retire.

In a few years, it’s gonna be interesting to see the generation change. That’s all I can say on this topic,' said Klizan. Did Klizan get a feeling that maybe the crowd was more behind Denis Shapovalov in the quarter-finals because he has Russian roots or the crowd was fair to both of them? How important is to feel the support of the crowd? 'No, I think the crowd was good.

I think they were very fair to both of us. When I was losing they were cheering for me when Denis was losing – they were cheering for him. I think it was a fair match. We will see. When the stadium is gonna be filled better, for sure, it’s gonna be great to play in front of those people.

I’m just looking forward to playing in the semi-finals and I think here the crowd is very fair, so I like it.' ALSO READ: 'Roger Federer should never play on clay again' - Andy Roddick