Although many promises have been made, the generation immediately followed by the Big Three, including Ki Nishikuri, Gregor Dimitrov and Milos Rowne, has yet to win a Grand Slam title. But Nadal, 32, believes the new generation of young players is very strong and it will not be long before he starts competing for the biggest sports awards. “For a long time, we have been very consistent,” Nadal, the 17-time winner, said in an exclusive interview at the Manacor Academy in the Spanish island of Majorca. Nadal reveals how he lived the “tragedy” of Mallorca floods “was not good enough” Nadal’s impressive win at the French Open in 2005 came when he was 19. Since then, no teenager has won any of the four major sports in the men’s game. “The previous generation may not have been good enough,” said Nadal, who won the Roland Garros title in June. “But now, yes, in my opinion, we have a very good new generation, it’s just a matter of time, that’s my feeling.” It is only time that they will win major championships. [Alexander] Zverev, Dominic Thyme, Stephanos Tsitsipas, Denis Shapovalov, Karin Khachanov, Andrey Rublev, all these good men. “Nick Kirgius, Alex de Minur All these men are good, very good, so they will be there and fight for important things, perhaps for the next five and six years.” If they succeed, the next generation will have to go beyond the Big Three, who have won among themselves all eight. Only Stan Wawrinka (twice) and Andy Murray have resisted their dominance in the last 14 leagues. Djokovic, Murray Nadal said he was not surprised by the successful return of Djokovic, who won the Wimbledon Championship and the US Open after he emerged from the list of the best 20 player after a break of six months. “It’s very good not to come back,” Nadal said of the 14-time-winning Serb, one of only two players who beat the Spaniard on Roland Garros’s clay. “He played well, filled the passion in the difficult moments, and grabbed the spirit of work when some of the difficult moments passed at the beginning of the season.” Then he started, confidence returned, and Novak returned to normal. Nadal starts his return on Friday at an event in Abu Dhabi and ended a three-time defeat by South African Kevin Anderson, another player knocking on the door to penetrate the Grand Slam. Nadal, who has not played in an official match since September, has also been suspended after a knee injury in the US Open semi-final on ankle surgery last month. The match started well with the Spaniard, who took the opening set, but Anderson, who was in the lead for a big game, won the next two games 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final, where Novak Djokovic, who beat the ascending Khashanov. In straight sets in the second semi-final. Nadal later said he would not play in the third-place match on Saturday, although he insisted it was a precaution before the Australian Open, which starts next month. “I want to do things step by step, I’ve spent more time in court than I thought,” he said. Murray, the big winner three times, will return to 2019, starting next week’s event in Brisbane. “If he is in good health, I am sure he will return to the highest level,” Nadal said of the former Scottish number 1, who dropped to No. 256 in the rankings after a long time after hip surgery. January 2018. “It’s very good, like Novak,” Nadal said. “But if you have problems, you have restrictions on movement and that kind of thing, it is very difficult to be consistent all the time.
December 30, 2018