Former world No. 8 Radek Stepanek spoke about when the younger guys may make a breakthrough on the Tour. The Czech said: “We have been saying that it is coming for the last three or four years but it’s still not here.
It will be interesting to see when the time comes, you see Stefanos Tsitsipas playing unbelievably well, he had a little slower summer but he is back in top of his game, there is a lot of young guys, Sascha (Zverev) did not have a good year but looking strong here in the last week of the season.
They are still going up and down too much compared to these three guys (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) and that’s what divides them in the late stage of the Slams and the experience they have and Dominic Thiem is having a great season.
It’s coming, you can’t stop it but it will be interesting to see when it comes.” Meanwhile, 19-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime spoke about how it feels to have earned $1.9 million career prize money so far: “When I look at those numbers I think it’s good but it’s my agent who handles everything about the money and payments.
I just want to live well and focus on my career, on what I have to do. Having a lot of money makes everyone happy because it brings some freedom but that’s not my priority.” On his season, he concluded: “I am very happy.
I was world No. 109 and when you become world No. 20, you get rewarded back for your job. I was never surprised by my achievements and by the things that happened. I always found myself in the right place.”
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