Alexander Zverev Says ‘Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Have to Retire Some Day’ Following their Absence at US Open 2021

Frenchy-Player

Professional
We all miss them. We all love them, but at some point, they will have to retire.”
“I think the Cincinnati tournament and I think other tournaments this year also show that the competition and the rivalry that we have, the younger guys, I think the top 4 and the top 5 guys. with Medvedev, Tsitsipas, myself, Rublev, and Berrettini, we’re having great battles and we’re having very entertaining matches.”

“And I think a lot of tennis fans look forward to those match-ups and I think in the future this will be no different. In Grand slam finals, in grand slam semifinals, those matches will get more often and more common and I think that’s also exciting to watch that,”


 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Even better, Zverev-Nadal could begin a rivalry. They had an epic 2017 AO marathon. Zverev should be hoping for Nadal to stick around, and the odds are Nadal will be around for the 2024 Roland Garros Olympics anyway since we saw Djokovic require 98 minutes to win the 3rd Set vs. Nadal.... so even with a sore foot its very obvious Nadal can win slams.
 

Amen786

Semi-Pro
We all miss them. We all love them, but at some point, they will have to retire.”
“I think the Cincinnati tournament and I think other tournaments this year also show that the competition and the rivalry that we have, the younger guys, I think the top 4 and the top 5 guys. with Medvedev, Tsitsipas, myself, Rublev, and Berrettini, we’re having great battles and we’re having very entertaining matches.”

“And I think a lot of tennis fans look forward to those match-ups and I think in the future this will be no different. In Grand slam finals, in grand slam semifinals, those matches will get more often and more common and I think that’s also exciting to watch that,”


I'm mentally prepared for it.
 

gadge

Professional
Even better, Zverev-Nadal could begin a rivalry. They had an epic 2017 AO marathon. Zverev should be hoping for Nadal to stick around, and the odds are Nadal will be around for the 2024 Roland Garros Olympics anyway since we saw Djokovic require 98 minutes to win the 3rd Set vs. Nadal.... so even with a sore foot its very obvious Nadal can win on clay.
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BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Since we saw Djokovic require 98 minutes to win the 3rd Set vs. Nadal.... so even with a sore foot its very obvious Nadal can win slams.
I guess it's admirable for zealous fans to put a good spin on matches, but you must have missed the fourth set which Rafa lost 2-6. Never mind that he was completely gassed physically and could barely move the last 15 minutes. So it's not "very obvious" Nadal can still win slams. In fact, at his age it's extraordinarily unlikely.
 
I guess it's admirable for zealous fans to put a good spin on matches, but you must have missed the fourth set which Rafa lost 2-6. Never mind that he was completely gassed physically and could barely move the last 15 minutes. So it's not "very obvious" Nadal can still win slams. In fact, at his age it's extraordinarily unlikely.
His only shot moving forward is probably RG. There aren't hardly any competitors there, so he has a chance, especialy if something happens to Djokovic. That is it though.
 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
When Federer and Nadal check out... tennis will suck for a long long time. Period
Even if I like him the least of the Big 3 I would include Djokovic here. And right now it looks like he’s able to hang on for a few more years than Federer/Nadal and compete for many more records.

But if he is gone as well, tennis will be almost over for a while. From watching almost every tournament including the Big 3 (or 1 or 2 of them) I will cut it down to just watching the Slam finals I guess (and some matches I’ll stumble on by coincidence).
 
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