Former world No. 42 Michael Berrer says Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have remained on top for so many years because they are constantly trying to improve and are willing to adjust and make some changes. The Big Three have been dominating the Tour over the last decade and a half and there hasn't been a Grand Slam champion outside the group since former world No.
3 Stan Wawrinka made it all the way at the 2016 US Open. "If we look at Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, for example who have dominated men's tennis for years, you can see that they are constantly evolving," Berrer told tennis MAGAZINE.
"The game today is very different from how it was played a few years ago. They continuously question themselves and experiment in all areas. Good things are adopted and practiced as a routine. What does not work is abolished and replaced.
Exactly this experimentation is also what successful start-ups do and can help many companies, for example with digitization initiatives and in the area of innovation, to become faster and more effective. In addition: Top tennis players always think in the overall system and ask the question: What are the effects of individual adjustments on the whole?"
Berrer says the Big Three are a perfect example of what a player should do in order to succeed
"Nevertheless, you can see something.
For example, how perfectly they prepare," Berrer added. "I always preach to young players: be punctual. Most come into the hall two minutes before the training session and then put their smartphone down. Ideally, the training starts on the pitch 40 minutes before the session.
Then the cell phone is off, it just distracts. You have to pay full attention to the training, change your clothes, do an intensive warm-up. The square itself is about making perfect use of the time. You don't need talent to do all of this.
There is one more important point." Berrer played tennis professionally for 17 years and when asked what did he learn, the German said: "Four skills are essential for success - and not just in tennis: long-term motivation, resilience, focus and teaming.
Specifically, this means that you have to be full of motivation and drive, never give up, deal with setbacks, get to the point and build an environment that inspires, motivates and gives you energy."