At the Miami Open, Roger Federer spoke about the Next Generation players. The Swiss player mentioned several names praising them all. "I can't count anybody out, it's a great group, I really enjoy watching them now and also playing against them and of course Stefanos Tsitsipas has impressed me by beating me at the Australian Open," said the 37-year-old Basel native.
"I thought he played really tremendous tennis over four sets, he brought it in every single point and that was impressive. Felix Auger-Aliassime doing it the last two weeks has been unbelievable, he came to Dubai to train with me in the off-season and I know him quite well and to see him taking that next step is phenomenal.
Daniil Medvedev, I have played him twice last year in Shanghai and then he was very tired in Basel, that I do not count, he finished super late and played a lot of tennis. And then I like the game of Denis Shapovalov, he is a great shot maker, he can take the racket out of anybody's hand, and he is a great player.
Then there is also all the other guys who have something very special so I like the Next Gen." On the courts' speed, Federer added: "People were saying it's very slow but I hit a lot of aces today again and I did also feel some of the slices that it does get a little bit so it's the humidity and compared to Indian Wells where the ball bounces and flies here it just doesn't do as much so that's why a lot of players maybe get the feeling that's it's much slower but I think a little bit quicker is nicer because then the really good shots really get rewarded." Federer is set to play a youngster in Daniil Medvedev in the pre-quarter-final on Wednesday.