A Former multiple Wimbledon and the US Open quarter-finalist and the Davis Cup finalist Vijay Amritraj is spending the coronavirus pandemic time in the USA, monitoring the situation and hoping for some positive news after difficult two months for the USA and the entire planet.
Speaking to WION, Vijay expressed his thoughts about the tennis season that is yet to see some action after being halted since early March, canceling Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and many other notable sports events. Asked about the best players of the previous two decades, Vijay said Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are not chasing history anymore but battling against each other in the GOAT race, standing above all the rivals.
Since 2004, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have been the dominant figures at Majors, the Masters 1000 events and men's tennis in general, finishing on the year-end no. 1 position in all but one seasons since 2004, also conquering 56 Majors since Wimbledon 2003, and the last 13!
Facing challenges from different generations, Roger, Rafa and Novak have managed to overcome all the obstacles, both on and off the court, returning stronger after severe injuries and surgeries and always standing as the favorites at the most notable tournaments.
In 2019, the big trio finished above all the others once again at the age of 33, 32 and 38 respectively, adding more fuel to their GOAT aspirations ahead of 2020 that has seen only one Major tournament so far, won by Novak Djokovic in Melbourne.
As we already said, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have won the last 13 Major crowns since the Australian Open 2017, leaving Pete Sampras and other legends miles behind and pushing each other to the limits, separated by three Major titles at the moment. "The 'big 3' are not even chasing history; they are just chasing each other," said Amritraj.