The first Grand Slam of the season starts on Monday at Melbourne Park and the favorites have remained the same, with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal chased by all the rivals. The most decorated trio in tennis history has claimed the last 12 Major crowns since the Australian Open 2017, increasing their legacy well after turning 30 and reaching heights that should stay under their reign probably for the next couple of decades.
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are the proud owners of 55 Major titles gathered since Wimbledon 2003, overcoming all the obstacles and returning stronger to keep themselves ahead of the upcoming generations for a decade and a half.
Finishing at the year-end no.1 position all but once since 2004, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have been the players to beat, conquering almost every notable tennis record and producing some of the greatest matches that our sport has ever seen, pushing each other to the limits and always drawing the best from the opponent from the other side of the net.
World no. 2 Novak Djokovic confirmed that in his interview in Melbourne, repeating the three of them have helped each other to evolve and become better players over the years. In Novak's words, that's the most fascinating fact about their rivalry that has helped them to contribute to the evolution of the sport.
"Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and I have helped each other to evolve a lot as players, to understand how we can get better, what things we can improve," Djokovic said. "Now, when we face each other, we can be the best versions of ourselves and pull out the best quality of tennis that we possibly can; that's what it takes to win against each other.
We always require the best tennis from our opponents and between the three of us, I think the intensity and anticipation before the match oblige us to step it up and play our best because otherwise, we're going to lose.
That kind of rivalry has been exceptional between the three of us and has brought us to these tennis heights where we are at the moment. I think we still look at each other's games and compare our careers to others. That's the beauty of the rivalry and I think we are contributing to the evolution of the sport."