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.
- 10ISGAWDLv 71 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.
- onthe45Lv 41 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.
- Verulam 1Lv 71 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?
- ChuckLv 71 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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- D.E.B.S.Lv 71 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 year ago
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.