Without Roger Federer, now retired, and with out Rafael Nadal, injured and away from the courts since final January, the brand new era of tennis gamers is step by step taking up the circuit.
Proof of that is the line-up for the ATP Finals in Turin, with the presence of six gamers who’ve been by way of the ‘Subsequent Gen’ Finals in Milan since 2017.
The one two who didn’t use that event as a springboard, as a result of it was not on the calendar, have been Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev.
The Serb, who’s one win away from securing the world primary rating on the finish of the season for the eighth time, continues to search out motivation regardless of his advancing years.
Novak Djokovic is motivated by his younger opponents
Now he needs to be the scourge of the brand new era after turning into probably the most profitable skilled tennis participant of all time, even when he holds a excessive degree of respect for them.
“I do not know what Gen or group I am in, however I am again right here competing with the children and it is an additional motivation as a result of I do know they’re hungry to win and make historical past, and that evokes me and motivates me extra to play my finest tennis,” he mentioned on Friday in Turin.
One specific opponent of observe within the ATP Finals is Carlos Alcaraz, who defeat him within the Wimbledon Ultimate of 2023, and there’s a enormous probability of revenge for the Serb if the 2 meet in the course of the upcoming event.