Daniil Medvedev calls old generations ‘worse’ than Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

aldeayeah

G.O.A.T.
Following his defeat to Zverev, Medvedev told reporters in a press conference that it will not be shameful if the next generation win less than the Big Three, as the previous generation before them also won less.

Medvedev said “when there was [Bjorn] Borg and [John] McEnroe, when they were close, finished their careers, everybody was like, ‘tennis is over, we won’t ever have any great players, it’s finished’.

“[Then] we did have some. [Pete] Sampras, [Andre] Agassi, they were at the top. [When] Sampras retired, [people were thinking once again] ‘Okay, tennis is over.’”

“Then we had Novak [Djokovic], Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal]. If you asked just before they came, everybody would say, ‘Well, tennis will not be interesting anymore.’

“It’s the same here. Tennis is a great sport, so I don’t see why our generation would miss [out] on something.

“Of course, maybe we don’t [win] 20 Grand Slams [each], yet nobody [else] did before Roger, Rafa and Novak, so they were also worse than them… It’s definitely not going to be a shame [if we win less].”

https://tennis head.net/medvedev-calls-old-generations-worse-than-djokovic-federer-and-nadal

as you can see, the headline is heavily sensationalistic, but don't let that get in the way of discussion!

med TTW poster confirmed
 
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ElChivoEspañol

Hall of Fame
He’s got one think right, no one is winning 20 slams any time soon. They’d have to dumb down slams to BO3.

To which I’d say tennis will be nearing its death.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
No one is expecting them to win as much as the Big 3, but he's complaining like that's the bar they're being held to.
Clearly, "complaining" has become a term broader than ever before. Not so surprising since that's what happens around here for the most part.

And the article did a nice sneaky job to leave out what was Medvedev actually responding to, because I highly doubt this was some sort of an opening statement from him at the conference lol...
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
[][][][][][][][] jesus christ man no need for the 100 explanations

(Andre) Agassi. Seriously? What other Agassi could Medvedev be talking about here?
 

Sudacafan

Bionic Poster
Following his defeat to Zverev, Medvedev told reporters in a press conference that it will not be shameful if the next generation win less than the Big Three, as the previous generation before them also won less.
Medvedev said “when there was [Bjorn] Borg and [John] McEnroe, when they were close, finished their careers, everybody was like, ‘tennis is over, we won’t ever have any great players, it’s finished’.
“[Then] we did have some. [Pete] Sampras, [Andre] Agassi, they were at the top. [When] Sampras retired, [people were thinking once again] ‘Okay, tennis is over.’”
“Then we had Novak [Djokovic], Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal]. If you asked just before they came, everybody would say, ‘Well, tennis will not be interesting anymore.’
“It’s the same here. Tennis is a great sport, so I don’t see why our generation would miss [out] on something.
“Of course, maybe we don’t [win] 20 Grand Slams [each], yet nobody [else] did before Roger, Rafa and Novak, so they were also worse than them… It’s definitely not going to be a shame [if we win less].”

https://tennis head.net/medvedev-calls-old-generations-worse-than-djokovic-federer-and-nadal

as you can see, the headline is heavily sensationalistic, but don't let that get in the way of discussion!

med TTW poster confirmed
Tennis is over. Again. Repeat cycle.
 
The old generation didn't play on homogenized conditions year round. Whos to say whos better than who? Pete's resume would be greater than the Big 3, By farrrr and it wouldnt' even be close if he got to play on year round fast surfaces. And Maybe Med, your gen and the one previously just SUCKS. Thats why the Big 3 have 60 slams.

The big 3 are just taking advantage of scrubs like you.. Who plays like a pusher when they're 6 foot 6? LOL
 

MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
Clearly, "complaining" has become a term broader than ever before. Not so surprising since that's what happens around here for the most part.

And the article did a nice sneaky job to leave out what was Medvedev actually responding to, because I highly doubt this was some sort of an opening statement from him at the conference lol...
This was the question

Q. Novak Djokovic is still No. 1, you're No. 2, Roger Federer is missing probably for a long time, Alexander Zverev won this tournament twice now, never beat a top-10 player in a Grand Slam tournament. Where is tennis standing for 2022 with the young players?


It's an even more peculiar answer with context imo. Although it's definitely an unfair question with that line about Zverev, he shouldn't be asked to comment on that. But taking a question about why they still aren't really breaking through and essentially flipping it into "well, even Borg & Sampras are worse than the Big 3" is deflecting. No one is expecting the NextGen to win 20 slams, of course it won't be a shame or a failure if they don't reach those heights. But we're expecting at least one of them reach somewhere in the ballpark of those "worse" players he referenced.

I get that they're sick of being compared to the Big 3 since they're on tour competing together, but the questions the tennis community have are about why they can't do better against older, diminished versions of them. Not why their careers don't stack up.

What I do agree with is that tennis isn't going to die when they retire. He's right that every time a sports legend retires we wax poetic about how it'll never be the same, there will never be anyone as great, it's only downhill from here, blah blah blah. And it's usually not true. But that also doesn't mean I believe any of his generation will become all-time greats. His generation will definitely "miss out on something" at this pace. It's not some
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
See even Sampras who was goat before the big 3 had big weaknesses over surfaces like Clay. The big 3 are all rounded.
People always say imagine Djokovic vs Sampras on old grass he be mauled but then forgot to say imagine Sampras vs Djokovic at AO on the surface now or Nadal at RG ?
 

D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
There is a lot difference between being "worse" an being "useless". There is no ATG player in 90's generation. Far from it - there is not even multiple slam winner in young generation..
 
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