Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have hailed the fast-rising next generation of players, saying the future of tennis is "in good hands" ahead of the start of the ATP Finals. But the eight-man field on the O2 Enviornment incorporates a slash of involving younger gamers who agree with their leer on smashing the dominance of the faded guard.
The tournament, won previous year by Germany's Zverev, follows a round-robin format where the top two in each group then progress to the semi-finals.
Nadal, who won the French Open and US Open this year, said he had been happy with his form before his injury.More news: Possible chemical culprit found in vaping illness outbreak
"For me the main goal is to be healthy for Monday more than to have a huge amount of services", he added.
"There's a difference between that and being something of a national hero in your own country already, being a top-10 player in the world in tennis, which is not easy to achieve".
Federer conceded he is taking something of a risk by not playing in a warm-up tournament before the Australian Open, but is confident his experience will allow him to cope with the physical demands of heading straight back into a grand slam. "They label and admire the sport". They show good values. "In truth we will revel in cheering them on after we're completed with our careers".
"I believe the competition between us is something really important for the sport", Tsitsipas said on Friday.
The 32-year-old from Serbia leads Federer 4-2 in match-ups at this event, though one of those was the 2014 final when the Swiss pulled out beforehand because of injury. "We're correct getting started".More news: Judge vacates Trump admin's anti-LGBT 'conscience rule' for health workers
"We appreciate each other's games", he added. But that doesn't mean I am renouncing to try to be number one. "All different shapes and sizes". We are the future. "We are the ones that will have to fill the stadiums". "It started from a younger age". So hopefully we are the ones, maybe with some other guys as well, with (Canada's) Denis Shapovalov now playing great tennis.
"About a of the younger guys are no longer right here but however I am certain will attain very nearly as we state".
Zverev acknowledged that Federer, Nadal and Djokovic gentle deserved their web page on the head of the sport.
"The next two or three years will be very exciting because the top guys are still there and they are still better than us because they win all the big titles". "They're still better than us", he said.
"That is a smartly edifying truth because they're the ones who're a hit the effective tournaments however I mediate the younger guys are bettering reasonably expeditiously and or no longer it can presumably be racy to review how that goes".More news: Courteney Cox reunites with Matthew Perry