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World number 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime and David Goffin believe the battle between young talent and established stars is giving a fresh edge to the ATP Tour. Auger-Aliassime is the third-youngest player in the top 20 at just 21 years old and his position in the top 10 is further evidence of a clear changing of the guard within men's tennis. Goffin, on the other hand, is the other side of 30 and is ranked 47, with a highest rank of seventh. However, both agree that the ongoing battle between the so-called old guard and the batch of fresh talent hitting the men's professional ranks is making the ATP Tour and Grand Slam tournaments very exciting to watch.
— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) April 14, 2022
"There is a bit of everything. The generation [around] 25, 26 years old, [Andrey] Rublev, [Matteo] Berrettini, Daniil [Medvedev] are now in the Top 10 solidly," said Auger-Aliassime "Then there is the younger generation with [Jannik] Sinner, Alcaraz, that is not far from Top 10. All this is very exciting. And the big three are still there. "You saw Rafa at the beginning of the year. Novak is the same. It's a bit special right now, but when he will feel good he can win many matches, and so it's very exciting what will happen between the best players of all time and the younger ones." While Goffin has been sliding the wrong way down the rankings, he says he has been rejuvenated by the state of men's tennis and is eager to back among the top players. "I think I can bother them. If I'm fresh and confident with a bit of luck also and being audacious, I can do good things," he said.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) April 17, 2022
For a sport that has had its men's division dominated by a handful of names over the past few years, Auger-Aliassime is most excited about the sheer volume of players who are now capable of winning on any given day. "There are about 20 players who already won big titles. Only Daniil won a Grand Slam [the 2021 US Open], but many other players won big titles, and I believe there will be maybe eight or 10 players that will be able to win big tournaments a bit more than before," he said.
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