Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have made it 'tough' for fans to support next generation

“Everything I do, especially on the court more than in life, is pure emotions. In life I’m more calm,” he told reporters after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Sunday’s (December 5) final to earn the Russian Tennis Federation their third Davis Cup crown.

“On the tennis court, it’s different. It’s a lot of adrenaline going on. I hate to lose. There is less time and less power in myself to stop and think. So I go with emotions which sometimes is good, sometimes is not good.”

The 13-time ATP Tour title winner was also asked about being a “character” compared to other players on tour, and added: “I think definitely if somebody says that we need real characters, and when I say ‘real’ I don’t want to say strong, weak, good or bad, but just real. Everything I do on the court is what I feel at this moment, so it’s real. People should like it then.”

However, Medvedev admitted he thought things had been made difficult for the next generation of players who also expressed their emotions on court, thanks to the era of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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