Younger players are still very far from Federer, Nadal, Djokovic - Pundit

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Younger players are still very far from Federer, Nadal, Djokovic - Pundit

Speaking on Amazon Prime the pundit Sam Smith commented on how big the gap is between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and the younger guys. Smith said:"Apart from Tsitsipas, I don’t see any of those Next Gen guys anywhere near the level that we’re seeing.

All those guys watching in Lyon and Geneva, Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime, must be thinking, ‘Oh my goodness.' There is still an enormous gulf for them to get to the level that we see out there today. Those champions they’re mean, really mean.

It’s going to be great for those youngsters but the gap is getting bigger”. The former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski spoke about the French Open favourites: “For me, joint-favourite is Djokovic and Nadal. Nadal announced himself.

Before this match, I was putting Djokovic as a slight favourite ahead of Rafa. I look at the outside guys, Tsitsipas has said, ‘I’m coming to the party!’. He’s a guy we didn’t think was going to step up this quickly.

If you took someone as the third favourite I’d have to say, Dominic Thiem, after Djokovic and Nadal. The outsiders are Tsitsipas and [Fabio] Fognini. Fognini is probably fifth or sixth because he can be brilliant or crash out early”.

Nadal, Federer and Djokovic will all play their next tournament in the French Open. Andy Murray may ask for a wild card to Wimbledon to compete in doubles.