Novak has BROKEN the Next Gen

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
He hasn't "broken" them. He has pushed them, which will incentivize them to improve, just like Fedal have done for Novak himself. (Relatively speaking of course since none of the next gen has as much talent and potential as Novak).
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
He hasn't "broken" them. He has pushed them, which will incentivize them to improve, just like Fedal have done for Novak himself. (Relatively speaking of course since none of the next gen has as much talent and potential as Novak).
Berretini is not broken.
His post match presser he stated all he cares about is lifting the Wimbledon trophy.
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
Berretini is not broken.
His post match presser he stated all he cares about is lifting the Wimbledon trophy.
For sure. Novak is a role model and inspiration to them rather than a death sentence. (Although it must sting right after a loss like Shapo's tears demonstrate. But Novak also cried when he lost his semi to Nadal at the 2008 Olympics. Failure is necessary for progress and growth)
 

gameovais

Rookie
I've always said that Zverev is the only NextGen who can beat Nole in a slam final. Thiem, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, and now Berrettini have proven me right. ;)

Of course, Zverev's problem is his inability to reach slam finals.
Big difference between can and will beat Nole.
 

Omega_7000

Legend
Disgusting :sick: They're so giddy just to be in the final. Absolutely no remorse whatsoever. No wonder they're all losers of the highest order.
No game, no mental strength, no stamina, no desire to be the best....Just aim to reach the final stages of a major, bend over for the big three, collect your paycheck with a smile and talk about lessons learnt from your loss. :rolleyes:

Tennis will be dead for decades due to these chumps.
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Yeah but he’s getting nowhere closer to it again. This run was a massive fluke playing nobodies until the final.
We shall see.
Time will tell.
He has a tennis GF that potentially can help keep him on the straight and narrow.
Also the italian sports teams will help him keep motivated.
I am going to root for him for the rest of his career i like him.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Time will tell ... because in two to three years Djokovic will have really slowed ... so time is on the next gen's side.
 

FailBetter

Semi-Pro
First Medvedev in AO 2021.
Then Tsitsipas in F.O 2021.
Now Shapo in Wimb 2021.

These were the biggest hopes, but they all have lost badly to Novak in slams.
Sad to see Shapo crying when he left the court. This one will hurt him for a very long time.

Novak taking away the soul of the next gen. Is there any player who can stop this juggernaut and the invincible Serb?
Novak struggled also at the beginning of his career. he thought he can never be better than fedal at the slams.
look where he is now.
 

maupp

Semi-Pro
We shall see.
Time will tell.
He has a tennis GF that potentially can help keep him on the straight and narrow.
Also the italian sports teams will help him keep motivated.
I am going to root for him for the rest of his career i like him.
Same here. Berretini seems like a nice lad and I wish him the best.
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
Of all the failgen mockeries, Fed’s murder of Zod at Halle 2017 remains my fave.

Fedal have left these guys just wandering around the court feeling utterly helpless.

Novak is a much sicker individual, giving them all the most dangerous drug of all: hope.
 

mightyrick

Legend
In my opinion, the biggest problem for the next gen has purely been confidence. You can't just have confidence in your own game. You have to have so much confidence in your own game that you are totally committed to all of your shots. Not only that, but you have to have so much confidence in your own game that your level of confidence is enough to cause your opponent's confidence to falter. Nothing less works against the very top players.

For Djokovic, there are only two players who have been able to meet that bar consistently - Nadal and Wawrinka. And I think Wawrinka might even more mentally confident than Nadal (if that's even possible). When Wawrinka steps on the court, he truly commits to everything. And if he hits his shots, the guy knows his game is unbeatable. Whereas if Nadal misses a few shots, he reverts into a defensive mode or a sitter-serve mode... and it still can win him 90% of his matches. Wawrinka does not do this.

I don't think I've seen a player with Wawrinka's level of confidence since probably Sampras. And before that, possibly Lendl.

But I think absolute confidence is the key. I think all tennis players (but especially younger ones) think way too much on the court. The moment you start thinking... you're going to lose to the top players.
 
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