It must not have been easy for players of the caliber of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Juan Martin Del Potro or Marin Cilic to compete in the Big Three era. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have established their dominance in the major tournaments of the main circuit and left very little to their opponents.
The Spaniard has won his 21st major and beat both of his rivals in the race for the Grand Slam record at the Australian Open. The three together won 61 Grand Slam tournaments, 101 Masters 1000s and 11 ATP Finals. Tsonga played in his only Grand Slam final in 2008 at the Australian Open.
A very young Djokovic thought of preventing the Frenchman from making one of his greatest dreams come true. Tsonga spoke about his adventure at the 2008 Australian Open in an interview with Eurosport. "That tournament was unbelievable.
I remember starting very well from the first round, beating Andy Murray in four sets. After beating Youzhny in the quarters, who was in excellent form, I had to face Rafa in the semis. That day I played the match of my life, it was an incredible performance, I won in three sets.
Two days after the match with Nadal, the last hurdle bore the name and surname of Novak Djokovic.
Andrew Castle speaks about Djokovic
In a recent interview with Tennis365, Andrew Castle heaped praise on Novak Djokovic's ability to perform in big moments.
Castle also stated that the Serb does simple things in an "imperceptibly brilliant" manner. “I think that final against Nadal (in Australia) when he beat him for the loss of eight games in 2019 was the single highest standard performance I have seen in just about any sport.
Every sport is about doing the basics superbly well. That’s where I find the beauty in great sport and for me, Novak does the simple things almost imperceptibly brilliant," said Castle. In the same interview, Castle hailed Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer's contributions to tennis.
He described their ability to motivate themselves as "incredible", and said the Big 3 have been fantastic for the sport. The former British No. 1 also feels that they are "not done yet." “All three of them have been magnificent for our sport and the message is the boys aren’t done yet. It is amazing how these older players keep on doing it. Their motivation is incredible," concluded Castle.