'Men's tennis will get better after Federer, Djokovic, Nadal retirement'

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'Men's tennis will get better after Federer, Djokovic, Nadal retirement'

Speaking to Tennis World USA, the Montreal Rogers Cup Tournament Director Eugene Lapierre commented on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's dominance. "They have been really unbelievable for more than ten years.

I remember a final here between Djokovic and Federer (in 2010) and Novak beat Roger by saving match points. It looks like they are getting better and better every year. Zverev, Thiem, Tsitsipas, Denis, Felix are still so young and they look at their role models and I am sure they will take notice at what they do.

They have a long way to go and it's very exciting to see them play. So I am not too worried about the health of men's game. It's only going to get better and better. Tennis is a nice sport, there will always be rivalries for many, many years.

It will be very interesting." When Federer played in Montreal for the second time in his career back in 2002, Lapierre was the Tournament Director. Lapierre is still running the event and talking to Tennis World USA, he recalled what were his thoughts on the Swiss at the time.

Federer lost to Guillermo Coria in the first round that year. "He was struggling in winning Grand Slams despite everybody was praising him", said Lapierre. "I thought he could do everything on the court, he had all the shots, good serve, unbelievable forehand, slice topspin backhand, he could come close to the net or just stay back on the baseline.

He had so many tools! He was always taking the right decisions because he had so many options. When I became a tournament director in 2001, tennis was dominated by Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi and Roger was coming along and we did a press conference to announce the player's field and I wanted to have a player to talk to media through the phone. I could not pick Sampras or Agassi and we thought about Roger. He speaks French, and he was talking to the media."