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Mark Philippoussis, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych analyze 2021

Tennis legends Tomas Berdych, Mark Philippoussis and David Ferrer have expressed their views on Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and the current young group of ATP Tour stars.

Czech ace Berdych, former Wimbledon runner-up, Philippoussis, former two-time Grand Slam finalist and David Ferrer, runner-up at the French Open, were all amazed by another extraordinary year of tennis.

On the extraordinary feat of Raducanu …

Raducanu made history in Flushing Meadows by becoming the first player qualified to win a Grand Slam

Raducanu made history in Flushing Meadows by becoming the first player qualified to win a Grand Slam

Berdych: “He’s a young face of the new generation. There has been a generation of Serena and Venus Williams where they have won multiple Grand Slams and only recently have we seen many different Grand Slam winners. Raducanu is fresh so I think the way She played in New York was incredible. She managed to stay focused, so why not? She has a chance to win a lot of titles. That would be great for women’s tennis.

“What I have learned from my career, you are the only one on the court. There is no one else. Your coach or your parents help you train and prepare, so the end is playing tennis between you and yours. opponent”.

Greg Rusedski believes Raducanu has the potential to win more Grand Slams

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Greg Rusedski believes Raducanu has the potential to win more Grand Slams

Greg Rusedski believes Raducanu has the potential to win more Grand Slams

Filippoussi: “She had a hell of a run at Wimbledon, but getting through the qualifiers without losing a set and dominating the entire tournament was fantastic. I think you have more stories in women’s tennis because it’s best of three sets. Winning the best seven -of -five set match to win a Grand Slam in the men’s game – that’s a lot of tennis. A lot of things have to happen, you have to be in a great place physically and mentally. It takes a little luck too. “

Ferrer: “He has a great future, but the most important thing is to manage the pressure because it won’t be easy when you’re young and you’ve just won a Grand Slam. We’ll see how he handles the pressure next year.

“It will be very important to her, but she is incredibly talented and can win [more] Grand Slams in his career “.

Murray’s comeback and an excellent conclusion to 2021

Andy Murray has played in eight consecutive tournaments since coming out of the US Open

Andy Murray has played in eight consecutive tournaments since coming out of the US Open

Berdych: “I know him well. We have been playing against each other my entire career, so if that is what makes him happy, satisfied, then he should move on. This is a tennis advantage because these kinds of career decisions they really belong only to you. Whatever you feel and whatever you want to do, do it.

“Everyone has his choice and if he feels good, he’s perfect. He knows chasing a Grand Slam title isn’t possible now and making more money isn’t a problem for him so it’s just pure love for the sport and if you he feels the level he is at right now is enough for him, so keep playing, why not? I would probably play alone if my hip and lower back problems didn’t bother me and I had a solution. “

Filippoussi: “It’s great to see him. He shows his passion when he’s out there, grinding, having fun and racing.”

Ferrer: “He finished the year playing really well. For Andy it’s important to play great tournaments, rest and be ready to play the tournaments he chooses to play.”

Rusedski believes it will be one

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Rusedski believes it will be a “tough road” for Murray to get back to his best

Rusedski believes it will be a “tough road” for Murray to get back to his best

Novak’s rule

Novak Djokovic hopes to continue his Grand Slam dominance in 2022

Novak Djokovic hopes to continue his Grand Slam dominance in 2022

Berdych: “He’s going to have a tougher time next year, for sure. I’m not saying he has no chance of winning a Grand Slam – he has a good chance – but I think he’s going to have to avoid a tough game that drains him for five sets because it’s two weeks, seven games. and you have to stay healthy.

“He was so strong where nothing could break him, which is why he dominated, but I think he is getting a little more fragile now. Next season is going to be interesting. I think he has a chance to win at least one. Grand Slam next year. “.

Djokovic gushed over the support he received from the New York crowd

Djokovic gushed over the support he received from the New York crowd

Filippoussi: “This best-of-five guy is an animal. To beat him best-of-five you’ll have to play a hell of a match and I think at the US Open (after losing the final to Daniil Medvedev) he never gave himself a chance because he was. nervous.

“The great thing about this was that it showed how human he was. He won a lot of fans that day – when he broke up it showed how much it meant to him because maybe he looked pretty cold on the pitch.

“When he’s done, he’ll beat all the numbers in every tennis department.”

Ferrer: “He will be close next year. He is one of the best players on the planet. The problem for Roger Federer is that he will not play in Australia and there are serious doubts that he will play at Wimbledon.

“Right now Djokovic is playing well and healthy, but me [also] I think Rafael Nadal definitely has a chance to win the Australian Open. “

The Next Gens have arrived

Daniil Medvedev ends Djokovic's dreams of calendar Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows

Daniil Medvedev ends Djokovic’s dreams of calendar Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows

Berdych: “Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic have been around for a long, long time and this shows that it was a great generation of tennis. Now we could expect more unpredictable results.

“I really like the way Stefanos Tsitsipas plays because he is very aggressive and creative on the pitch. The second half of his season was a bit flat though.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas scared Djokovic before losing the Roland Garros final in five sets

Stefanos Tsitsipas scared Djokovic before losing the Roland Garros final in five sets

Filippoussi: “Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Tsitsipas are the main men. There are other guys too, but they are not as consistent as the three mentioned.

“I am thrilled with Tsitsipas mainly because I love his all-round game. I love his passion, I love the way he gives everything and shows how much he means to him on the pitch. He is a very good player and not afraid to come to the net.”

Ferrer: “They are improving every year. We cannot compare this generation with Rafa, Roger and Novak because it is impossible. They are the three best players in history.

“For me Zverev, Medvedev and Tsitsipas are there. Carlos Alcarez is 18, but he is improving a lot and is the future. His team is very good with the coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, but the most important thing is that he is humble and he listens.”

Tomas Berdych, Mark Philippoussis and David Ferrer spoke at the ATP Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall. Don’t forget to follow us at skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sport – on the go! Available for download now on – iPhone and iPad and Android

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