The 3 greats of world tennis have not competed together in a tennis tournament since the 2021 French Open. There too, Swiss Roger Federer retired after the first week of the Grand Slam. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will skip the 2021 Indian Wells Masters.
Currently Federer and Djokovic are tied for winning the most Indian Wells Masters. While they have both won the trophy five times, Nadal has managed to clinch the title three times in his career. Interestingly, Federer has played ten finals at the BNP Paribas Open.
Although he achieved a title hat-track in his early career, it was Djokovic who denied him the trophy twice in a row, defeating him in the final. It seems unlikely that the trio will enter a tournament before the 2022 Australian Open.
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Pilic speaks about Djokovic
Nikola Pilic claimed that tennis will never again witness an era of dominance like the one forged by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
"Such domination of tennis greats such as Djokovic, Nadal and Federer will never happen," the Croat said. Shifting his focus to Djokovic's humanitarian work, Pilic highlighted how the Serb's benevolent nature is worthy of respect.
The 82-year-old pointed out that Djokovic even helps people in places he has never visited or has no links to, showing the goodness in his heart. "He has never been to Bergamo in his life, and he donated a million euros there," the Croat said.
"He renovated or built 437 kindergartens. He invested eight or nine million euros in humanitarian activities." In recent years, the US Open has not been great for Djokovic, as even US Open 2020 was bizarre for the legendary player.
The Serbian tennis star unintentionally hit one of the line judges with a ball in frustration during the round of 16 match. This incident resulted in Djokovic’s disqualification from the tournament. To this incident, former Croatian player Nikola Pilic made some furious statements.
Ever since Djokovic was disqualified for the event, people have shared various opinions on that subject. Nikola Pilic believes the foreigners have a negative image of Novak Djokovic. Novak Djokovic, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, has pulled out from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Djokovic made the unfortunate announcement on Twitter. He tweeted, “I am sorry I won’t get to see my fans in Indian Wells and play in the desert, my favourite place to go. I hope to see you next year!”