The world of professional tennis has experienced a real dominance since the early 2000s, when a talented youngster named Roger Federer triumphed for the first time on Wimbledon lawns in the summer of 2003. A few weeks later, at the beginning of the following season, the Swiss reached the top of the ATP ranking, which he would have kept for the beauty of 237 consecutive weeks (absolute record), until July 2008: the Spaniard Rafael Nadal ousted him, winner of 13 Roland Garros titles today.
In the same period, a 20-years-old Serbian named Novak Djokovic, champion at the Australian Open 2008 and immediately a very tough opponent of Federer and Nadal, also made his way on the Tour. The Big 3, as they have been called over time, still occupy the top positions of the world rankings today, although the oldest Federer has dropped to fifth place.
A truly exceptional dominance, unprecedented in tennis and among the greatest in the entire world of sport.
The incredible figure that confirms the dominance of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic
A special ranking, based on the percentage of points won in the entire career of each player, shows us once again the greatness of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who respectively occupy the first three positions: the Spaniard with 54.55%, the Serbian with 54.40% and the Swiss with 54.17%.
Followed by the Americans Pete Sampras (53.51%) and Andre Agassi (53.4%), as well as Andy Murray (53.17%), Andy Roddick (53.07%), Stefan Edberg (52.79%), Richard Krajicek (52.57%) and Jim Courier (52.57%). A curious fact, especially if we consider that the Big 3 - at the top of this ranking - all play in the same era.
The next tennis season will start as usual in Australia, grappling with the difficult precautionary measures to ward off the risk of contagion from Coronavirus. The terrible virus has claimed more than one and a half million victims across the planet, infecting over 80 million people.
The Wimbledon tournament has not been held: it is the first time since 1945, during the Second World War. The greatests tennis stars on the planet, like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and all the others, will come back for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, which will be held in Melbourne from 8 February: it will be the most awaited sports event of the first part of the new season.
It will be a very spectacualr season, and all of us hope without the problems of the last one, with some presence of the crowd in the courts across the world. Roger Federer, after he said he will not play the Australian Slam, should come back on the court, for the joy of his fans, at the end of February or at the beginning of March.