Tennis Today: Andrey Rublev makes compelling Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic argument

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

In Tennis Today, Andrey Rublev offers an alternative view to conventional thinking that younger players need to emulate the ‘big three,’ and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic show some serious quality on opposite sides of the world.

What’s on the site
As you’d expect, Maria Sharapova and her retirement have been comprehensively covered. For starters, we have a review of her career in the key numbers.

The tennis word have had plenty to say on it too, and we have collected some of the best tributes from her WTA and ATP colleagues, including Novak Djokovic.

And of course no tennis world comment would be complete without our own Kevin Palmer adding his voice to the conversation, and you can read his thoughts on Sharapova here.

If you need a daily dose of ‘the big three’ as well, we have Rafael Nadal making a very candid admission about Djokovic for you.

What’s in the newsAs ever, the question over when the young players on the ATP Tour are going to step up and challenge Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic is never far from the news.

One of those young players, though, Andrey Rublev, has bitten back with a pretty fair counter-argument.

The Russian says it is unfair to repeatedly compare young players to ‘the best players in history,’ and instead reaching a level of players who have been able to simply compete with them would be a more reasonable pressure.

“I’m not Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic, they are the best in history and I can’t compare with them,” Rublev admitted to the press in Dubai.

“Maybe you can ask some guys like Stan Wawrinka what we need to be more like them because he also won a couple of Grand Slams.”

Maria Sharapova continues to command the headlines too, with plenty of interesting write-ups on her career appearing online.

“For a long time Maria Sharapova’s story was the stuff of Hollywood dreams, a testament to the power of one individual to make it, whatever the odds, whatever people think,” writes the Bangkok post, and it’s a good read if you have five minutes.

What’s on social media

Rafael Nadal was doing ridiculous things in Acapulco…

Then he did more of it…

And Novak Djokovic wasn’t going to be outdone either…

And Naomi Osaka shared her year in fashion…


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