Federer: "Young people push hard, next season will be difficult for us"

The Swiss tennis player valued the progression of the players of the so-called NextGen before making his debut at the 1000 Masters of Rome after competing in the Mutua Madrid Open.

The Swiss Roger Federer, who returns to the Masters 1000 in Rome after two years of absence, considered on Tuesday that the young players "are pushing hard this year" and that a difficult period for the great veterans is approaching.

Federer praised the benefits of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, finalist in Madrid, of the Russians Daniil Medvedev, champion in Sofia, and Karen Khachanov or of the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, during his first press conference offered in the Foro Italico romano.

"I think it is a normal evolution It is not always possible for them to always win the same There are few players who won two tournaments this year. (The Austrian, Dominic) Thiem in Indian Wells and Barcelona, (the Serbian, Novak) Djokovic last week and in Australia, I in Dubai and Miami, "said Federer.

" Young people are pushing hard this year, look at the evolution of Tsitsipas, or Medvedev, Khachanov, Shapovalov. It will be an exciting season and the next one will be even more complicated for top players, because this year young people are clearly affirming, gaining experience, "he continued.

A personal level, Federer, who returned to compete last week in Madrid after jumping the last two seasons on land, said he feels good and decided to travel to Rome to play in different conditions compared to the height of last week.

"I quickly got used to the land. And after playing in Madrid, the decision to play in Rome was natural ", said, adding that he always prefers to compete officially with respect to staying in a training camp.

" I think playing closer to sea level is good for me. In Switzerland there is always a bit of height everywhere. And the weather was not good, yesterday when I woke up there were five degrees, and conditions were not ideal, "he explained.

Finally, Federer referred to the fact that, after know the organizers that the Swiss would participate, multiply by two the price of the entries.

"I have known about that. I know that the fans were obviously not happy. Obviously it is something ugly. It seems that the organizers wanted to reward those who bought tickets in advance, which is a bit weird. But that does not change my feelings and my happiness to be here, "he said.

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