Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, three of the greatest players of all time, are tied on 20 Majors after Novak's stellar run in 2021. After an injury, Roger made one last push to grab three Major titles in 2017 and 2018 to stand alone on 20 Major trophies, with Nadal and Djokovic melting that deficit in a previous couple of years.
The Spaniard joined the Swiss at the top following the last year's Roland Garros, destroying Djokovic in the title clash and hoping for more in the current season. Instead, Novak has been the player of 2021 so far, claiming all three opening Majors as the first player since Rod Laver in 1969.
In September, the Serb will be the favorite to move ahead of his greatest rivals in New York, seeking the 21st Major crown and the first calendar Grand Slam since Laver in mentioned season.
Rafael Nadal spoke about Novak Djokovic's 20 Major titles in Washington.
Nadal is yet to reach a Major final this year, wasting two sets to love lead at the Australian Open against Stefanos Tsitsipas for a shaky start of the campaign.
In Paris, the Spaniard suffered only the third Roland Garros defeat, falling to Djokovic after four hours and 11 minutes of a great battle. Rafa injured his foot in the final set and had to stay away from the court for three weeks, skipping Wimbledon and the Olympic Games and recharging batteries ahead of the North American swing.
Nadal will compete in Washington for the first time this week, seeking form ahead of the Canada Open Masters next week. In his recent interview from the American capital, Nadal stated that he feels no more pressure since Novak joined him and Roger on 20 Major titles.
It all remains the same for the Spaniard, his motivation and desire to do things his way without looking at the others. "Honestly, it's the same importance as always. Novak, Roger and I have 20 Major titles, which does not increase my motivation or pressure.
My approach will not change. I always stay the same and do things my way. If Novak or Roger play and win, it's okay; well done for them. I will not be frustrated about that. I know I have achieved something that I never dreamed about, and I'm gonna keep fighting," Rafael Nadal said.