‘Be more like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’ – Alexander Zverev blasts NextGen bad boys

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Alexander Zverev has blasted NextGen bad-boys Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev and urged them to follow the examples of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal instead.

Mevedvev has hit the headlines at the US Open after sticking a finger up at a booing crowd before trolling them in his post-match interview.

Tsistipas, meanwhile, is developing something of a reputation for various gamesmanship tactics.

And, speaking after he lost his last 16 match against Diego Schwartzman in New York, Zverev not hold back in his criticism of his generation of players.

“There’s a lot of young guys that do things on the tennis court that maybe is not the best thing to do. I don’t want the next generation to be known for that.” Zverev said.

“I think a lot of the times Tsitsipas gets over the line with changing his shoes 15 times in a tournament, going to the bathroom in the middle of a set. Stuff like that.”

“Let your tennis racket talk for you kind of. You don’t need to do things to distract the opponent, try to win that way.

“Medvedev is obviously going over the line a little bit now. But he’s winning.

“He’s in the [US Open] quarter-finals. He’s playing Stan. At the end of the day it all doesn’t matter if you’re winning.

“I hope some of the NextGen or the young guys will kind of learn from the older guys like Roger and Rafa who have been unbelievable over their career, really let their racket talk for them, not try to distract opponents.”

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