Simon: Younger players will have easier time in beating Nadal, Federer


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Simon: Younger players will have easier time in beating Nadal, Federer

In a press conference at Queen's, the French player Gilles Simon commented on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's dominance. The Frenchman said: "They have a huge advantage winning. Maybe it's hard to understand this from the outside, but when you win that much, or for us when we lost that many matches against them, you know, it's really hard.

Even when some days you play better than them, you're in position, but it's hard to finish. It's going to be easier for younger players to do that. Sometimes you play them for the first time, you don't know what to expect yet.

You go there. You didn't lose yet. When you lose once, twice, three times, four times to the same player, it's really hard to win the fifth one. So it can always happen. You can always have a young player playing his best game, bringing his best game and beating one of the top players.

But there are still three, and from now, even if they are one more time less consistent than before, because for so many years they were in the semifinal basically every time, every tournament of the season, you still have one better than the other one right now."

On Auger-Aliassime, Simon concluded: "He has an advantage because already he's better than the other one being younger. So when you are young, being like two years younger is a big difference. After that, you don't pay attention anymore.

If Novak is one year or two years younger than Rafa, it's not really important right now. But being able to perform this tennis and beat already top guys and playing so many finals already, even if you didn't win yet a tournament, being consistent week after week, since he broke through in, I think it was Rio maybe, if my memory is correct, that's good.

That's good. Tsitsipas is amazing, also beating the top three guys. Not many of the young players were able to do that. It's going to be interesting." Simon lost to Feliciano Lopez in the Fever-Tree Championships' final on Sunday.