Novak Djokovic: I’m Aware Of This New Wave Of Players, That’s Why I’ll Train Harder To Get Better
by Tom Gainey | March 14th, 2014, 11:08 am

Novak Djokovic is in action today in the Indian Wells quarterfinals. While the Serb plays a veteran in Julien Benneteau, he’s also aware of this new group of players starting to make some inroads, like Grigor Dimitrov, Ernests Gulbis, Milos Raonic, Alexandr Dologopolov and others.

“You have the new generation, new wave of tennis players coming, especially the youngsters, Raonic, Dimitrov Gulbis and those up and coming, rising tennis stars,” Djokovic said Wednesday after beating Marin Cilic. “You have to accept the fact that everybody is improving. They all want to get better. They all want to win against you as a top player. That’s another reason for you to train hard and try to get yourself better and compete with these guys.

“It’s double hard I think in think moment for any top player to stay up there. I’m aware of what’s going on. On a positive note, it’s good for the sport in a way, you know, to have the different faces winning major tournaments.”

Djokovic, a two-time Indian Wells winner, has was five of six against the 32-year-old Benneteau.

“It’s Benneteau,” Djokovic said. “He’s not seeded, but he has won against Tsonga, against some great players. So I’m going to win. I’m going to try to win. I’m going to go out there and try to win. Let me rephrase that.”

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20 Comments for Novak Djokovic: I’m Aware Of This New Wave Of Players, That’s Why I’ll Train Harder To Get Better

tfouto Says:

new generations of players?

gulbis,dolgopolov – 25 yrs.
djokovic – 26

djokovic is still young…

dimitrov – 22
raonic – 23
thiem – 20

sheila Says:

these so called new generation of players are way too inconsistent to breakup djokovic, nadal, murray party at the top. dimitrov wins a 250 tournament then gets knocked out in indian wells. i’m not buying new wave of players beating djokovic & nadal, especially because they are in their prime(d & n). tsonga, berdych, delpo, havent been able to do it & i dont think these new crop of players will do it “consistently” and thats what it would take to get to the top, consistency. i think all these guys are really “good” players, but imho, they are not “great” players and consistency, week in & week out is, imo, what makes a great player.

John Says:

They are getting older, simple. People think the rest of the big four will play like FED when they get older.

To quote Seinfeld, ‘not bloody likely!

Slice Tennis Says:

Federer was getting beaten consistently by the then young guns (who were just 20-21) after reaching just 25-26.
But Nole and Rafa are holding their ground well especially in slams.

Ben Pronin Says:

Besides Nadal, who was beating Federer with any kind of consistency when he was 25-26? Name anyone, regardless of age.

Translated Age Says:

Playing like fed and winning just one major since turning 29?

pfft. Hope they can do better than that!

John Says:

pfft cant you do better?

Slice Tennis Says:

“Name anyone, regardless of age.”

Before turning 22 Murray was 6-2 against Federer.

pigoonse Says:

Help Please Tennis-X

This thread is about to get hi-jacked into a Fedal Wars thread.

Ajde Nole!

kjb Says:

@Slice Tennis

If were going to get picky about the numbers a 27 year old Fed had only been beat at Roland Garros and Wimbledon by rafa. And Fed was 27 and had mono when Nole beat him at the Aussie, not the age 25-26 that you speak of.

Sean Randall Says:

pigoonse, oh yeah, here we go.

Seriously, for Fedal Banter, please go here:

Sean Randall Says:

Fedal crap on this thread will be deleted, er, exterminated.

Move it to here and have at it:

Sean Randall Says:

To all Fedal followers, copy your arguments over to the other thread b/c they are about to be deleted.

Slice Tennis Says:


I am sure kjb and madmax would love this stuff to be deleted. Completely false info and getting their ignorance exposed.

Please go ahead Sean.

Okiegal Says:

@Shiela 1:54

I posted the exact same thing a few days ago…..consistency is the name of the game and that is why there is a big four. The young guns still have a lot to prove for me. Good read.

Okiegal Says:

Basketball game over…… now for some tennis on the TV instead of the computer.

Hippy Chic Says:

This has been a very open breakthrough tournament,many of the top players losing early to the younglings,if this was a GS and like Sharapova was parroting about best of 3 sets on the mens side,then the gateway wouldve opened for a new player to win a major the thing thats doubtful is their consistency in been able to back up one good tourney with another the way that the top players do,thats the reason why they are the top players,in that they are consistent all year around.

Okiegal Says:


You have some responses on the Rafa wet himself thread. Thought you might be interested.

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