“I Put Myself In Their Shoes”- Canadian Star Explains Why Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic Don’t Want to Quit Now


Canadian tennis star praised the Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic while asked his thoughts on their long time reign in tennis. The Canadian showered his support on how Big 3 are still dominating the tennis at their age and competing with the younger generation. 

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are the top tennis players who dominate the current tennis era even though they are nearby 40.

In a recent interview with Eurosport Echange Podcast, Felix Auger-Aliassime answered the questions of the show host Antoine Benneteau.

The host asked Auger-Aliassime whether the Next Gen players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev ever felt fed up with the Big 3. The Canadian replied, “I don’t know how they experience it, but I don’t really ask myself the question.”

He also added “It’s rather a nice challenge. I think of the Nishikori’s, of the Raonics, guys who play very well but, every time, they hit each other in the semi or in the final of these Grand Slams, guys like that. Frankly, it isn’t easy. And above all, year after year.”

“There Is Pressure By The Prize Money They Have”- Auger-Aliassime

The 20-year old played against the Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open last year. Eventually, He lost the match by a score of 3-6 3-6 in straight sets. Auger-Aliassime recalled the match and said, “I played Rafa once.” 

Also, He added “There is pressure by the prize money they have, by the characters they are. On the other hand, there is not yet this scar of having lost several times against them, that we have seen them beat us several times. So it’s a little different. The feeling is a little different.”

The Canadian player concluded “For me, frankly, they will play until they want to play obviously. I put myself in their shoes. If I win again at this age, I will continue to play. You take joy; you love what you do and what’s more, you win. Why stop?”  

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Also, He said that it would be great if he ever got an opportunity to play against Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic before they quit the sport.


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