The Russian Daniil Medvedev is among the hopes of the tennis world.
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They do not have more than 21 years old, but already a small reputation on the circuit, and for good reason, all are among the 100 best in the world. This week, as a prelude to the ATP World Tour Finals, London (12-19 November), they are 8 to be given an appointment for the first edition of the Next-Gen ATP Finals (7-11 November). Eight names, Rublev, Shapovalov, Chung, Medvedev, Khachanov, Donaldson, Coric, who will come back, perhaps with recurrence up to your ears if you have the intention to follow the tennis during the next ten years.
Zverev, the gifted
A young champion, does not, however, the program “masters of tennis hopefuls” : Alexander Zverev. And this for a simple reason : it is ranked 3rd in the world this week in 20 years, will play the masters, “major” the following week in London, in the company of the best players on the planet. Of course, “Sasha” takes advantage of the slaughter of Murray, Nishikori, Wawrinka and other Djokovic to climb up so high in the rankings. But it remains that he is THE star of the tennis of tomorrow, and perhaps even today. His presence in Milan for an exhibition has been the real attraction of the first day, including his workout, followed by many curious people.
On the circuit, Zverev stacked five titles in 2017, including two masters 1000 (Rome and Montreal), beating in the final Novak Djokovic and then Roger Federer, excuse me a bit. There is only grand slam that the native of Hamburg has hit the glass ceiling with “only” an 8th-finals at Wimbledon as the best result (10 entries). Not anything to throw a reproach on the one who seems to be already designated as the figurehead of tennis for the next ten years.
#NextGenATP is here…
Here’s the time Sascha Zverev soared into the final in Rome!#ibi17 pic.twitter.com/z5pUqhn404
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) may 20, 2017
Shapovalov, the promise
The reputation of Denis Shapovalov has taken a global dimension this summer at the masters 1000 in Montreal. Holder of a wild card, it beats 8th-final with Rafael Nadal, then world number two, in 3 sets (3-6, 6-4, 7-6) and almost three hours of game play. It is a revelation to Shapovalov, who began his climb in the standings to move in five months of the 143rd to the 49th place in the ATP (he is now 51).
De esta manera Denis Shapovalov daba el batacazo eliminando has Rafael Nadal of the #CoupeRogers pic.twitter.com/BTyCnee3z8
— lito fernandez (@litofernandez1) August 13, 2017
At age 18, the left-handed canadian, born in Israel of Russian parents, has not yet made fall tournament in his moneybag. But after all, Zverev was 19 when he won in St. Petersburg, in September 2016, his first ATP 250. “It’s like seeing a mixture of Federer and Nadal. It has the fire of Nadal and the grace of Federer. This is incredible “, said of him, Mats Wilander in the month of August. If his talent is not questionable, the self-mastery may well be the Achilles heel of ” Shapo “, whose annoyance on the court is sometimes very visible. And it has already cost us dear : at the beginning of 2017, at an 8th of final of Davis Cup in the face of Great Britain, and while his game against Kyle Edmund is turning against him, he sends in spite of a bullet which strikes the eye of the referee with a chair, causing the disqualification of Canada.
HELLO ! #MorningDeDifool sponsored by Shapovalov, who was disqualified in Canada by sending a bullet in the head of the referee ! pic.twitter.com/CpL0QXDeko
— Skyrock FM (@SkyrockFM) 7 February 2017
The Russians return ?
Andrey Rublev (20 years), Karen Khachanov (21 years old), Daniil Medvedev (21 years old) : with these three, the Russian tennis, an orphan since the retirement of Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin, may be their successors. The year 2017 has confirmed the trend, since all are well settled in the top 100 (Rublev is 37th, Khachanov 45th and Medvedev 65th). Now only remains to say, an area in which Rublev and Khachanov have a small head start as they have both won their first title in Umag for the first, and Chengdu for the second. To put it also to their assets, a presence in the 2nd week of a grand slam in 2017 (8th-finals at Roland for Khachanov, one-quarter at the US Open for Rublev).
Medvedev, if he maxes out even in the tournaments that matter, can boast of such a success against Stan Wawrinka at Wimbledon. Not surprising to listen to Gilles Cervara, his coach. “Grass is a surface on which the tennis may well express themselves “, said the French in the passageways of the Next-Gen ATP Final in Milan. It must be said that the ambassador Tecnifibre has experienced a first half of the season complicated with a bout of mononucleosis that has kept him away from courts for more than two months. “It remained in the top 100, it was the first goal (it was even 48th world last July). “
Not not, the generation of the end of the 1990s climbs in the range. A trend that is expected to increase even further in 2018.