How many Grand Slams would Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won if they had had to play the Majors in the best of three sets? Would anything have changed? Or would everything have been the same as before? Which of the Big Three would have more Slams than the others in their book of records? According to many experts, to win over more crowd and allow tennis to continue to be one of the most popular sports, it would be right to speed up match times and propose something different.
These opinions, however, clash with those who think that tennis should at least maintain its traditions in the Grand Slams. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, two of the biggest representatives of the Tour, have expressed conflicting thoughts.
Nole said: "I am in favor of playing the best of three sets in any tournament despite the fact that Grand Slam tournaments have always been a best of five. Historically it has always been like this, but if there is a possibility of change why not consider it.
I think we already have many tournaments and competitions throughout the year, we have the longest season of any other sport." Rafa replied: "I am totally opposed to shortening Grand Slam tournaments to best of three sets.
The current format, which allows you to win if you get three sets in one match, makes these tournaments special. This is the story of our sport. To win a slam tournament, you have to be stronger mentally and physically."
How many slams would have won the Big 3 fewer in the best of three sets?
How many Slams would the Big Three have won less with a different scoring system? The analysis is below. We would like to start with Roger Federer.
The Swiss champion has won 20 majors over the course of his career. With best-of-three matches, he would lose in the round of 16 at Roland Garros 2009 to Haas 7-6, 7-5 and in the third round of Wimbledon 2012 to Benneteau 6-4, 7-6.
Also Rafael Nadal would find himself with two slams less following this logic: Wimbledon 2010 and Roland Garros 2011. In the first case he would have left London in the second round losing against Haase 7-5, 2-6, 6-3; in the second Paris even in the first round against Isner with the score of 4-6, 7-6, 7-6.
The most penalized, despite the opinion expressed last week, would be Novak Djokovic himself. The Serbian champion would end up with two Australian Open, three Wimbledon and one US Open less. In Australia he would have lost in 2012 in the semifinals with Murray and in 2020 in the final with Thiem.
On the grass of the All England Club in 2014 and 2015, respectively against Cilic in the quarter-finals and Anderson in the round of 16.