Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic unattainable for everyone: past, present and future. The Spaniard, last year went through one of the hardest moments of his career due to continuing problems with his left foot.
Problems that forced him to undergo a series of medical treatments and skip Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. The story of Nadal, however, is the story of a phenomenon that has erased the word surrender from its vocabulary.
The Majorcan even risked leaving tennis as early as 2005, when the first signs of the scaphoid bone problem known as Muller-Weiss Syndrome appeared in Shanghai. Nadal never lowered his head and managed to become one of the best tennis players in history.
After the long period of inactivity and the positive at COVID-19, Nadal returned to the field in Australia, where he won the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne and reached the final at the Australian Open by beating Matteo Berrettini in the semifinals.
The last obstacle that divides Nadal from the twenty-first Grand Slam and the absolute record, bears the name and surname of Daniil Medvedev. The Russian has already put an end to Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam dream in 2021, but has often struggled mentally and tactically against Nadal.
Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic unattainable for everyone
For the Spaniard this is the twenty-ninth Grand Slam final, the sixth at the Australian Open, where he achieved only one success in 2009. Returning to the numbers and statistics, also the 110th edition of the Australian Open confirmed the greatness and infinite longevity of the Big Three.
Since 2005, one of Roger Federer, Djokovic and Nadal has pushed to the final of a Grand Slam tournament 64 times out of 67. This means that 95.5% of the time the last act of a Major has seen one of the Big Three play for the title.
Their dominance in Grand Slam tournaments has reached unimaginable heights. Suffice it to say that since 2004, only eight players outside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have managed to reach the most coveted goal. They are Gaston Gaudio (Roland Garros 2004), Marat Safin (Australian Open 2005), Juan Martin Del Potro (US Open 2009), Andy Murray (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013, 2016), Stan Wawrinka (Australian Open 2014, Roland Garros 2015, US Open 2016), Marin Cilic (US Open 2014), Dominic Thiem (US Open 2020) and Daniil Medvedev (US Open 2021). Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have together won 60 Grand Slam titles, but the story isn't over yet.