Germany's Alexander Zverev isn't the top-ranked "young gun" any longer, but at the same time, he's enjoying having more of his recent NextGen group around.
Zverev was the first to break through on tour, winning three ATP Masters 1000 titles and the 2018 ATP Finals. But the 22-year-old won just one small title in 2019, while other contemporaries surged—Daniil Medvedev, 23, won two Masters titles and was a finalist at the US Open, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, 21, reached the Australian Open semifinals.
Zverev says there was a lot more pressure on him at the 2019 Australian Open.
"I came in winning the World Tour Finals... I was also kind of the only young guy still,” he told press in Melbourne. "Now you have Tsitsipas, now you have Medvedev, you have [Denis] Shapovalov. The attention is going towards them, as well, a little bit.
"I just think there are more young guys that are playing better, which is a nice feeling for me."
Zverev has never been beyond the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament, and the younger players are still looking for their first major. But Zverev notes that when he won at the Masters level, others followed, and it could be the same at the Grand Slam level.
In 2019, Tsitsipas reached a Grand Slam semifinal, along with a finals run from Medevedev.
"I think once one of us wins it, it's going to be easier for the others. We look at each other," he said.
Zverev next plays Fernando Verdasco in a third-round meeting at the Australian Open.