Belinda Bencic: 'Serena Williams cannot play forever. Roger Federer...'


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Belinda Bencic: 'Serena Williams cannot play forever. Roger Federer...'

Belinda Bencic spoke about the next generation on the ATP and WTA Tours. The Swiss said: "On the men's tour they have Federer, Nadal and Djokovic but there are also other big young players. The same thing on the women's side: Bianca Andreescu, Cori Gauff.

Generations change, that's a natural process. Serena Williams cannot play forever. There may be someone new, maybe an unbeatable star, but it will take time." Meanwhile, Russia's Tennis Federation chief Shamil Tarpischev spoke highly of Medvedev: "Daniil is very talented.

And since he can still improve physically, he can well become world No. 1. He has a game style that will make him have success. The same thing for Federer, who started beating Nadal after moving forward to the net more often while when he was playing from the baseline, Rafael was always winning."

On the Kremlin Cup favorites, Tarpischev added: "Khachanov and Rublev, even if Andrey needs to improve. I saw his first match." The Tennis Integrity Unit official Mike Harrison spoke about the match-fixing in tennis.

"The problem is very serious. In 2016 we analyzed the situation in detail and we realized that in tennis the situation is a disaster", he said during this week's Kremlin Cup in Moscow. "That's particularly clear in the ITF events.

Tennis is committed to co-operate with us and apply our suggestions. Our goal is to identify the reasons for corruption. We constantly work with players and umpires too, trying to tell them that the corruption in sport hurts the image of a tennis player and of a tournament itself.

It's around hundreds of millions of names." According to TIU, in 2018 there were 264 attempts to fix a match. The situation in 2019 seems better: from January to June, there were 54 cases.