In an interview to L'Equipe before the Rolex Paris Masters final between Novak Djokovic and Karen Khachanov, the Serbian player's coach Marian Vajda spoke about the several Next Generation players trying to break through on the Tour.
This year Alexander Zverev won the Madrid Masters, then Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the Rogers Cup final and now Khachanov triumphed in Paris. 'They still have a big hole to fill', Vajda said about the young guys. 'But they have courage.
A lot of heart. They do not feel any mental barrier, they all go out there.' Commenting on the win over Federer on Saturday, Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda said: 'Federer's return made (Roger) increase his level.
Novak was courageous, he went all in all the time. He did not get carried away by his emotions. Before, he could have some up and down. I think he has less now. He is more mature. There are more qualities in his game.' Speaking about Khachanov the former top 15 player Paul-Henri Mathieu said: 'He surprised me for his serenity in the tournament.
These are simple signs. I like to look at how a player behaves when he wins a semifinal of a great event. Karen had barely pumped up, like if he were in a mission. Even when he won the title, he did not fall on the ground.' The Tournament Director Guy Forget praised Khachanov: 'Young, big, powerful, able to keep pressure.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer explains why he is not the greatest player ever