Ex-player said Federer, Nadal and Djokovic were the 'problem' of modern tennis

According to the former Italian tennis player Paolo Lorenzi, The Big 3 were a 'problem' for the Middle Generation, and not only

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Ex-player said Federer, Nadal and Djokovic were the 'problem' of modern tennis
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According to former Italian tennis player Paolo Lorenzi, the Big 3 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were the misfortune of modern tennis. The former Italian tennis player stated that because of them, there is now a hunt that is perhaps too reckless to look for their heirs

"The Big 3 were either too strong, or the generation that came after wasn't competitive enough to challenge them, and so they lasted 20 years at the top level. In that time there were only them practically. When an ATP Masters 1000 or a Slam tournament started, at most Andy Murray or David Ferrer could find themselves in the semi-finals, but it was difficult for them to go further," he declared during the Tennis Talk broadcast.

"Now there is too hasty a search in wanting to find the three new phenomena. But only the Serbian remains, those who were supposed to arrive, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, have shown that they are not up to par, and therefore the young people have space. The strong young players were probably there before, but not enough to put those three in difficulty. Now we enjoy the results of some young people more," he added.

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner can now be considered to all intents and purposes top players, capable of contributing to winning every title, on a par with champions such as Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and as Roger Federer once was. An era, the one marked by the three top players, plus Andy Murray, which will probably never be repeated again.

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And Carlitos Alcaraz expressed on the Big 3

In an exclusive interview granted to the newspaper Marca, Carlitos Alcaraz expressed himself on the much discussed GOAT issue

"Everyone has their own perception of things. For some, Djokovic is the best, for others Rafa and for others Roger Federer. Rafa said that Djokovic is the best considering the numbers, and I think so too. In terms of numbers, Djokovic is the best in history, there is no doubt about this. I think the GOAT question goes beyond the numbers though. For me, all three are the best in history," explained the reigning Wimbledon champion before focusing on the possibility of challenging Nadal at Roland Garros this year.

"Of course I would like to, in any tournament. I would like to face him one more time. It would be incredible to meet him on the court again."

Alcaraz will make his wish come true in the exhibition match "The Netflix Slam" to be played in Las Vegas, but his goal is to find Nadal on the other side of the net in an official Tour event.

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