Anonymous asked in SportsTennis · 1 year ago

The top 3 ranked men’s tennis players have a combined age of almost 100. Why can’t today’s top young players compete with these geriatrics?

Top 3 ranked players are Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

6 Answers

  • 1 year ago

    The modern tennis game requires a new level of athleticism, mental focus, and data analytics. The new generation of players Thiem, Tsitsipas, Zverev, et al., are not as complete as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic. Any of the new players could beat one of the Top 3 but in order to win a major or sometimes a Masters 1000, one would need to defeat at least 2 of the 3. That is a daunting task.

  • 1 year ago

    It's quite amazing in a way that the 3 greatest players of all time, because that's what Fed, Nadal and Djokovic are, should all come in the same era at the same time. That's why they're still the 3 best players in the world.

    PS; I would just add that the longevity that those 3 players have shown in recent years, and are continuing to show, is completely without precedent in men's tennis, it really is extraordinary.

  • 1 year ago

    What does a combined age have to do with the individual player's ability to stay top of their chosen sport? It's up to the up and comers to work at their game, so they improve and can beat the long-established players, surely?

  • Chuck
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    If you're a strong player, but not "famous," then it is difficult to go up against an internationally-famous superstar. It's sort of a David vs Goliath situation.

    In addition, Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer all work hard on their fitness, mental toughness, on-court training, sharpness, etc. They travel with a group of family, coaches, PT's, etc helping them. If you lack a similar kind of support system, then you are at a disadvantage before the match ever begins with players like these.

    Finally guys like Novak, Rafa, and Fed are *expected* to win. And so, when you're fighting against someone who expects to win, again, it's not easy. If you're unseeded, it's even worse. I'm not saying it's impossible, but it can be very, very challenging, to defeat an opponent like this.

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  • 1 year ago

    Modern training and conditioning allows athletes to compete competitively longer. As with anything in life, the more experience one has, the better they become. So now you have athletes who have both a mind and body at their top of their game as opposed to in the past where you had a body on the decline as the mind was getting up to speed.

  • 1) Today's physical training and everything else connected raised the age of tennis pros, at the same time impeding very young player from winning big tournaments (we'll have no more Wilanders, Beckers...).

    2) The “missing generation” (those born after Djokovic and Murray) is not randomly called like that.

    3) The Big 3 are more than just great champions.

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