James Blake confident about future of tennis once Federer, Nadal leave



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James Blake confident about future of tennis once Federer, Nadal leave

The former world No. 4 James Blake spoke about the future of tennis. The American became the Miami Open Tournament Director some years ago and he feels confident about what's next for the game. "Sascha Zverev has had so much (early) success, but then he's faltered a bit at the Grand Slams", said Blake in an interview to The Score.

"So we'll see if he's ever able to break through. People talk about this year being a slump for him and he's still in the Race (to London). So it's not like that's much of a slump. … It's tough to say (who's next).

The same thing happened when Sampras and (Andre) Agassi were looking to retire. Who's going to step up? And then obviously Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) stepped up. So there'll be someone that's gonna take their place.

It's just a matter of when, especially because Novak and Rafa seem to be hanging on for maybe a few more years." Blake also spoke highly of his compatriot Cori Gauff: "The fact that she's such a good mover at 15 years old.

As you get a little bit bigger (and) stronger, you get faster. Your movement gets better and better. It gets a little more precise. In my opinion, she's (already) top three in the world (in terms of) movers on the women's tour. That's only going to get better."