“There will be a hole when Nadal, Djokovic and Federer stop”
“There will be a hole when Nadal, Djokovic and Federer retire,” says former world number 4
Guy Forget believes that the Next Gen is “just not strong enough” to regularly beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in Grand Slams.
The director of the Roland-Garros tournament also declared that – although it will be difficult to replace the “Big Three” – “it will always continue and new champions will come”
Nadal and Djokovic are both set to make the quarter-finals at Roland Garros tomorrow, and Federer has retired after reaching the fourth round.
“Oldies are just always better. The boys are very talented, they can beat Roger, Rafa and Novak on certain days, ”said the Frenchman in an interview with Tages Anzeiger.
“But to do it consistently in Grand Slams, they’re just not strong enough for it. It may be in six months. Maybe in two years. When the three of them stop, we’ll have a hole first. No question. Hope it’s not that big.
“But of course the audience will miss them. But when Borg, Connors, and McEnroe stopped – which had taken tennis to new spheres – everyone said it was going to be very, very difficult now.
“Then came Lendl, Becker, Edberg, and it got exciting again. When these stopped Agassi and Sampras arrived and gave us a fantastic period of tennis. Then there was also a small bear market until a young Swiss arrived. Then Nadal arrived.
“Over the past 40 years, we have had the good fortune to experience several great eras. Although it’s currently hard to imagine that it will be the same as with Roger, Rafa and Novak: it will always continue and completely different new champions will come.