McEnroe predicts end for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, backs new generation


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McEnroe predicts end for Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, backs new generation

The former world No. 1 doubles player Patrick McEnroe believes that the younger generation has made a decisive step at the Shanghai Masters. All the semifinalists were under 23, after Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Novak Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev sent Roger Federer home.

"Quite a day as all 4 young guys beat Djoker Fed Thiem and Fognini. Today is the start of the changing of the guard in men’s tennis. Bank on it," wrote McEnroe on Twitter. His brother John, a former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam winner, had made a similar prediction earlier this year at the Australian Open after that Tsitsipas defeated Federer in the fourth round, during an on-court interview with the Greek.

Tsitsipas spoke about his loss to Medvedev: "I don't know if I'm going to be able to beat him the next time or the time after that o e, but I know there's going to be a time where I'm going to find opportunities and beat him.

I don't know when it's going to come. Probably two, three, four, five, six years' time, I don't know, but it's going to come at some point. The chance of opportunity will be somewhere there. As you saw today, it was very close in tiebreak.

Yeah, my mind was not -- like, it was 5-All, I missed a stupid forehand. I would also say that some technical things that I have been changing recently, so that was mostly related to that. The forehand mistake, which I'm not used to miss." Medvedev won the title in Shanghai on Sunday.