Roger Federer recalls pressures of being NextGen and implores patience for current crop
Roger Federer has sympathised with the NextGen players and recalled the pressures he felt during his own rise to the top of the game.
The younger players are under almost constant scrutiny and criticism from both inside and out of the game foe their continued failure to break the stranglehold that Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic hold on the ATP Tour.
However, Federer has implored everyone to be more patient, saying there are many paths to the elite.
“It’s funny. When you’re 19 you have nothing to lose, you feel like’, Federer said. ‘But then you feel an immense pressure, just the constant pounding of knocking on the door from everybody saying, When are you going to make the breakthrough?
— Tennis365 (@T365Official) August 31, 2018
“Well, not everybody is Michael Chang or Boris Becker or Lleyton Hewitt who just breaks through at 16, 17, and then you’re done with the breakthrough and now you’re established.
“It’s just not so simple. Some need to work harder. Some need to work longer.
“I think I was one of those guys who kind of had to understand my own game, and then eventually when my fitness and my mind was all sort of coming together, this was when I was able to play my best.
Federer’s breakthrough came at the age of 19, when he famously beat Pete Sampras at Wimbledon.
“That 2001 period against Pete was exactly that time,” Federer added. “I took a major decision a few months earlier to be quiet on the court, and it worked well for me. I played the quarters at the French and then quarters at Wimbledon beating Pete.
“And then I finished the year 23, I think. So I had a really good year, and, you know, breakpoints, nothing to lose, just go for it.”
More from Tennis365:
Novak Djokovic news: Grand Slam finalist gives his verdict on the story rocking tennis
Former world No.2 Alex Corretja believes Novak Djokovic’s legacy will be impacted by his visa row in Australia.
Andy Murray news: Big fightback in Sydney sees Scot make his first ATP final since 2019
The Scot recovered from a set down and will bid for a 47th career title on Saturday.
Novak Djokovic comment: Enough is enough… it’s time to end the circus
Djokovic should appreciate that winning this fight may, in fact, damage a legacy that has already been tarnished in brutal fashion.
Novak Djokovic news: Visa cancelled by country’s Immigration Minister as appeal is launched
Djokovic was hoping to defend his Australian Open title.
Emma Raducanu news: New Nike advert released ahead of Australian Open
Raducanu has been given the A-list treatment by her sponsors Nike.
Emma Raducanu news: Former world No.2 tells Tennis365 US Open champion destined for glory
Alex Corretja believes she is capable of winning more Grand Slams.
Emma Raducanu news: Former top ten player fears teenager may flop at Australian Open
Barbara Schett has told Tennis365 that Raducanu may not be ready to make her mark consistently at the top of the game.
Emma Raducanu news: Nightmare draw for British No.1 at Australian Open
Raducanu will be playing her first Grand Slam since her breakthrough win at the US Open last September.
Novak Djokovic news: Champion included in Australian Open draw as uncertainty continues
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke is yet to decide whether to re-cancel the world number one’s visa.
Andy Murray news: More good signs ahead of the Australian Open
This is the Scot’s best run since he won a title in Antwerp in October 2019.