Coach Patrick Mouratoglou believes the losses to the Big Three damaged the confidence of Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, but said he does not rule out that generation challenging for Grand Slam titles in the future.
Mouratoglou, who is one of the most respected coaches in the tennis community, feels that there are three great generations in men’s tennis at the moment and that is what makes the game so interesting and exciting. The first is the older generation, which now only consists of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic after Roger Federer ended his career.
The second is the generation of those players who are around 25 years old: Medvedev, Zverev, Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev. The third generation is made up of those players who are around 20 years old: Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune, Jannik Sinner and Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Unlike the generation of Medvedev and Zverev, the younger generation hasn’t experienced as much heartbreak in front of the Big Three.
Mouratoglou on the battle of generations in tennis
«They were unlucky, the generation of Medvedev, Tsitsipas, etc., because they still had to face the great Rafa. [Nadal]and the great novak [Djokovic] and they lost a lot against them, so it hurt their confidence a bit.
The younger generation, Holger and Alcaraz, have not had to face that so far, so they still have that belief that they can handle everything, which is their trump card. I don’t think the generation of Tsitsipas, Medvedev and those guys will be completely erased and that is the new generation of Holger, Alcaraz and Sinner and others who will only win Grand Slams.
I think there is going to be a big fight between two generations in the future. No generation (and there have been so many) has managed to eliminate Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, not one. They are the three greatest of all time.
Now it’s a very interesting time because they’re not as dominant, they’re not playing as many tournaments and a new generation is coming up and a new second generation is coming up. The new generation that is coming is Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev, etc., and the new one is Holger, Carlos Alcaraz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Sinner, etc.
They are two different generations that are going to play against each other for many years, trying to win Grand Slams and that makes it super exciting and interesting. Is the new generation better than the less new generation? I don’t know and we’ll see,» Mouratoglou said in a video posted on his Instagram.