'Younger guys are trying to dethrone Federer, Nadal, Djokovic' - Isner



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'Younger guys are trying to dethrone Federer, Nadal, Djokovic' - Isner

In a press conference in Washington John Isner commented on how it feels to be among some of the oldest players on Tour. The 33-year-old American said: "I rarely play a match on tour nowadays where I'm the younger player.

It will happen every so often. I'm certainly a veteran at this point. I've been on the tour for the better part of 12 years now. But I think one thing I have going for me is we've all seen how tennis has evolved, both sides of the game, men and women can play into their 30s.

It's encouraging for me. I think tennis is in a unique spot, a very cool spot. You have the older generation. Talk about the top three", said Isner referring to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. "The rankings haven't changed in 10 years.

It's amazing. Then you have all these young guys that are very, very good. They've emerged in the last two years, trying to dethrone all the older guys ranked ahead of them. It's a cool mix of guys right now on the ATP Tour."

On the transition from Newport event that takes place on the grass to Atlanta on hard, Isner said: "I don't consider that transition a difficult one at all. Going from grass to hard I think is pretty easy. I mean, really, you just click into it right away.

Going from clay to grass is the big delta, the big learning curve you have to get over. I've done it before: played up in Newport, play a hard court event the next week. The transition for me is pretty easy. I mean, last week in Atlanta, I just happened to lose a really close match to Reilly, who is a really great player. Had nothing to do with being comfortable on hard courts."