Positives for NextGen post-Wimbledon

James P

G.O.A.T.
NextGen or the 1996+ crowd actually had a pretty positive Wimbledon in every aspect except in stopping Djokovic, something that was the most obvious result in the world to predict. But if you look beyond that to the experience gained and the movement up the rankings, it's pretty undeniable. Everywhere in the top 20, youth surged forward advancing past older, more seasoned players.

#5 Zverev (24) moved past #6 Thiem (27)
#8 Berrettini (25) moved past #9 Federer (39)
#10 Shapovalov (22) moved past #12 Schwartzman (28) and #14 RBA (33)
#11 Hurkacz (24) moved past 7 players, 5 of whom that were older #12 Schwartzman (28), #13 PCB (30), #14 RBA (33), #19 Monfils (34), and #20 Goffin (30). Ruud and De Minaur also being passed are exceptional to the rule here.
#15 FAA (20) moved past 4 players, #16 Ruud (22), #17 De Minaur (22), #19 Monfils (34), and #20 Goffin (30)
#18 Garin (25) moved past #19 Monfils (34) and #20 Goffin (30)

All in all, a pretty good amount of movement even in these covid-ranking times, especially in these covid-ranking times.
 

Kralingen

Legend
FAA and Shapo actually can hold their heads high.

The same cannot be same for the rest. But both exceeded expectations and I think Shapovalov especially, despite choking big points, is a player that absolutely no one wants to see in a Slam right now.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
FAA and Shapo actually can hold their heads high.

The same cannot be same for the rest. But both exceeded expectations and I think Shapovalov especially, despite choking big points, is a player that absolutely no one wants to see in a Slam right now.
There was a lot of "NextGen" fratricide in Wimby.

Hurkacz over Medvedev. FAA over Zverev. Etc.

But that doesn't make the argument for a weaker generation. That makes the argument for a generation with more depth to it, in my opinion.
 
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