'Seeing new players being as committed as Federer, Nadal won't be easy'


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'Seeing new players being as committed as Federer, Nadal won't be easy'

In an interview to El Pais, the former world No. 2 Alex Corretja commented on how the men's tennis will look like once Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic retired from the professional tour. The Spaniard said: "I think the tour will be regenerated.

We have enjoyed an extremely good era, but I believe tennis is above players. In the past, you had very big stars and then others came... It's clear that now the bar is very high, and I think there will not be that easy to see players like Roger, Rafa, Novak and Murray being so committed.

Now younger players struggle more to be committed, they have more distractions. It's not that simple to be focused on your own. Now the social media are very important so that people get to know you, there are more requests from endorsements...

In the end, tennis is so exigent that you have to think about it all days and resting is very very tough. You are a human being like everyone and you also have to do other things. But Dominic Thiem is very committed. Alexander Zverev has a lot of charisma but didn't really breakthrough.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has a big character and I see a very brilliant future for him, and then others come. As soon as they will start winning big titles, people will get to know them more and will follow them more, identifying with them."

Asked who he got along well the most with back in the day, Corretja replied: "From my stage, with any of the Argentineans. With the doubles players Luis Lobo, Zabaleta, Chela… With Lapenti too. And the current ones, I would go with Fabio Fognini. He is such a character. Also with Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas."