Lost Gen v Next Gen


This contrast of player is becoming more and more definitive.

Two perfect examples today in Rome:

The soft two-hander of Goffin who was up 5-1 in the first set of his match against Cecchinato (as they enter the second set), but lost 5-7!


The belligerent one-hander of Shapovalov who played a nervy, tight match against Berdych, but overcame the soft Czech with that attacking, fearless tennis the 19 year-old is owning.


These Dimitrovs, Nishikoris, Goffins, Raonics, et al., are getting handed a little note by the tennis gods that reads: “For whatever reason, your malnourished and ego-less game stinks. Pull your shit together.”

This is becoming a bigger deal in our eyes, enough to really follow, chart and write about this with its own banner ala Mcshow.

Shapovalov almost lost that match, the biggest reason being his high risk and lack of patience, for instance where he needs to hit BH CC rather than DTL because he’s out of position, it’s clay, etc.  But the kid’s courage and clutch pulled him through. This is becoming a nice little trend on tour. Berdych, despite some nice 2017 play, is unwatchable at this point.

And this Goffin v Cecchinato match. Goffin is now up 2-0 in the second, but having the first set 5-1 and losing 5-7 is just too typical and wrong.

Six-degrees of Dimitrov haunts the ATP.

Next Gen looks to stomp that brand of tennis into extinction.

Goffin is serving for 4-0 in the second. Doesn’t matter at this point.

Damage done (and by the way, the Italian is serving for 2-3 now).

6 thoughts on “Lost Gen v Next Gen

    1. Welcome.

      However, you’ll need to elaborate, Ms. Zane.

      You “like”? Or is this veiled criticism?
      Any thoughts on the lost generation//Next Gen?
      Feel free to pontificate about the lost generation of American authors, as well.


  1. PRF - Władysław Janowski

    Does Thiem’s photo mean, you think, he belongs to the LG? I don’t think so. Maybe he’s lost, but not this generation. Why? Because of being late bloomer and even late maturer (ask Bresnik or Thiem Father. Biologically Thiem belongs rather to early NextGen (Kyrgios, Zverev), officially no more NG.
    NextGens of all time tend to be fearless and making upsets in the first appearance on tour (like Shapo). Then every NextGen is no mor surprise, must start to work hard and it’s where most stay forever in a comfortable position between rank 200 and 500 😉 So most of current NG will turn LG in 2-3 years
    The 4 on your pics are really lost, but are they the same generation and are lost for similar reason?
    No. Goffin, one of my favorites, misses the physicality. Hard worker off and on court, even starting to catch a bigger ego last years, he has no chance for big thinks.
    Grigor is a highly talented and highly lazy guy, spending life in lost love with Loud Maria or Nicole Something 😉 Waiting for good luck to come from heaven and make him Kid Federer (no more Baby). Raonic is one big mistake in the world of tennis. Must everyone not able for some reason to play basketball, baseball or similar try to be a tennis hero? And Nishikori is a born “loser”, misses physicality too and always injured. Another mistake. So maybe Mistaken Generation?


  2. PRF - Władysław Janowski

    BTW again – Thiem lost somehow additional 3 years being teenager because sof some mysterious Campylobacter infection, probable coming from a Challenger in Ecuador diagnosed and after 3 years finally diagnosed correctly and healed in Vienna. And he was in the Army (not like so many other deserters, including Fed ;)).


    1. Yes on the lost authors.

      Thiem is not part of the LG. He is in that in-between stage, but like you say, a bit of a late bloomer.

      Thiem is for real. That we can all be certain of.


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