While Federer has suffered losses to several of these younger players – Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Borna Coric – he’s not completely sold that they will be the future.
“I’ve heard that story the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there,” Federer said.
“About Stefanos, I think he’s definitely done a really nice job now the last year and a half. I mean before that, too, obviously. But beating Novak in Toronto, the likes of Anderson and Zverev, now me here. That’s what you need to do to get to the next level. He’s doing that. It’s really nice for him.
“I see him definitely being high up in the game for a long time. That was a good night for him tonight.”
Federer has also had losses to non-nextgenners like John Millman at the US Open, Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro and others.
The benefit this generation has is they won’t deal with the full force of the Big 4. Novak Djokovic will likely player 2-3 more years, but the other three are question marks.
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