Tennis has changed a lot from the 90s to today. Not only as regards the surfaces, made much more homogeneous than in the past, but also the greater competitiveness within the circuit. The modern era will be remembered as that of the domination of the Big 3: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have in fact collected the beauty of 58 Grand Slams, preventing many talents from winning what they deserved.
It was difficult to imagine that the three sacred monsters would remain at the top even after exceeding 30 years, instead they were able to renew themselves and find further motivations against the Next Gen. Quite emblematic what happened at the last Australian Open, in which Daniil Medvedev seemed to be able to conquer his first Major.
In the final against Djokovic, who until then had not impressed, he remedied a tremendous lesson that left both fans and insiders stunned. In a long exclusive interview with ‘Tennis365’, the legendary Nick Bollettieri analyzed the main changes in men’s tennis in recent decades.
Nick Bollettieri reflects on the current era
“So much has changed, but one big issue is the quality of the sport. Not just the three guys who have dominated the sport (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic), but further down the draw.
The top dogs in the game used to have two or three free rounds at the start of a tournament, but not anymore. A qualifier can beat you now as the quality is going so far down now. It is a problem for tennis that we are going to lose these great players at the top of the game soon, but the standards in the game are still improving and while it will be different in the future, it can still be great” – Nick Bollettieri said.
Talk to us about that day. What do you remember of the final against Goran Ivanisevic in 1992? “I will always remember that last volley from Goran Ivanisevic into the net. What a moment. With Andre, you never knew what was going to happen next and that’s what made him so exciting to be with.
His Dad did a hell of a job, even though he was tough on him. He also had a great team working with him in his career, but if you are using a picture of Andre for this article, make sure you use one from a few years ago as he looked a little different when I was working with him.”