Ben Shelton compared Federer, Djokovic and Nadal with two NBA legends

The young US champion will challenge Jannik Sinner in the 4th round of Indian Wells

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Ben Shelton compared Federer, Djokovic and Nadal with two NBA legends
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"How motivated are you? What really drives you to get on the court and compete every week? I think it's easy to lose motivation when you win a lot or have a stable financial situation and have achieved some important goals that you set for yourself.

Obviously the greats of sport repeat themselves every year: like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan." At the end of the match won against Jakub Mensik at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, Ben Shelton talked about both the physical and mental aspects.

In this second case he mentioned Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal comparing them to other NBA superstars, explaining how the Big 3 have always found a way to improve season after season despite the successes and feats achieved on the most important stages.

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Shelton tried to take stock of his first year on the ATP Tour and analyze all the most important aspects. "There are two important aspects. One, of course, is the physical one.

You can be really tired after a few weeks. I think planning is very important in this sense.
Reaching a final or not, winning a tournament and then flying to another continent to play again the following week. The mental aspect is also fundamental,"
explained Shelton at the press conference.

Shelton praises also Mensik

Shelton then complimented Mensik on the level he has expressed in recent weeks.

The Czech showed off in Doha, where he reached his first ATP final. "Maybe it's the first time I've played against a tennis player younger than me, I was talking about it in the locker room after the match. It's impressive what Mensik is doing: he's definitely ahead of me when I was 18," said the young US player.

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