Over the past two decades, the Big 3 have dominated the men's circuit leaving the crumbs to their opponents. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have rewritten almost all records, as well as having given birth to several memorable matches.
The three holy monsters are currently tied with 20 Grand Slams each, so it will be even more interesting to watch what happens next season. Roger turned 40 last August and underwent surgery on his right knee for the third time, without too many guarantees regarding his return to the tour.
Rafa also had to deal with a series of physical problems, the most serious of which at his foot, which forced him to end his year prematurely. The Majorcan played just seven official tournaments in 2021, failing the appointment with the 14th title at Roland Garros.
The situation of Djokovic is very different, as he touched the 'Calendar Grand Slam' and is preparing to finish yet another season at the top of the ATP rankings. In a recent interview with 'Number Web', Nadal said he was honored to have been able to compete with these fantastic players (including Andy Murray).
Nadal decided to skip the US Open and end his season
Speaking on these amazing rivals, Rafael Nadal stated, “If you play against a champion like Roger many times, you will naturally feel that you want to grow. I had the opportunity to meet top players in my career.
Roger, Novak, and Andy Murray”. Over the years, playing against these three rivals has only made Rafa a better player. To be a great player, one must be consistent and produce some of the best tennis to achieve success.
He feels privileged to share rivalries with players who will go down in history as some of the best to have ever played this sport. The 35-year-old added, “Looking back on the history of tennis, it is difficult to find an era in which the winner of the Grand Slam was occupied by such a limited number of players.
Being in the same era as the special players helped me raise my awareness and go for tough training. Rafael Nadal recently revealed that he cannot provide a timeframe on his return to action, but asserted that he is working hard to regain full fitness.
"I want to recover from the injury to return in top condition," Rafael Nadal was quoted as saying by Heraldo. "I don't know when I'll play again, I work a lot every day, I follow a specific plan, obviously with a marked road map and very clear objectives."