On Wednesday in Monte Carlo, Rafael Nadal blasted youngster Lucas Pouille running his record to 27-3 against players born in the 1990s. So Nadal was asked what is holding back the younger generation and those before them from winning big titles.
Many of have said the reason is because tennis has become so much more physical over the years. But Nadal disagrees.
“I am not agree,” Nadal said. “When I arrived here, when I was younger than this generation, Coria, Nalbandian, Hewitt, Federer, Safin, Roddick, they have been young players when I arrived there. They have been 23, 24. They still young. So always seems like is very difficult when I arrived here. I thought is almost impossible be there because there is all these players that they are there, and they are young. Will be a big, big challenge to go there.
“At the end you are there, you have the level to be there. Is not tougher now or more difficult. Is a thing of level. If you have the level, you can be there,” he added. “Is not because the players are more physical today. Is more level of tennis than another thing.”
Nadal outlasted American big man John Isner to reach the quarterfinals today in Monte Carlo, a tournament he has won eight times.
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