The Big 3 have monopolized this era of men's tennis, leaving the crumbs to their rivals. Rafael Nadal won 22 Slams, followed by 21 by Novak Djokovic and 20 by Roger Federer. Despite the pain in his foot, the Spanish phenomenon made his mark at the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year.
The Serbian shortened the gap by triumphing at Wimbledon for the fourth time in a row, the seventh ever. Nole thus raised a season heavily influenced by her choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The 35-year-old from Belgrade will try to catch Rafa already at the Australian Open 2023, having removed the three-year ban that hung on his head.
Federer, for his part, retired on 23 September 2022 at the age of 41, after playing his last game alongside Nadal at the Laver Cup. In a recent interview for the 'FFT' website, Gilles Simon explained how much he is It was hard for French talent to shine in the Big 3's era.
Simon opens up on the Big 3
Having just retired, Gilles Simon took the opportunity to tour the media, including that of the FFT. Questioned by Émilie Loit on several subjects including that of training, the Niçois returned to the case of his friend Richard Gasquet, to whom nothing has been spared since the day he became a professional.
“For me, what was interesting was growing up in the same generation as someone like Richard Gasquet. At the time, Richard is presented as someone who must be number one for many years, and he grows up with this image.
And he grows up with the image that what he does is never good enough. He's top 10, he beats good players but it's never good enough. 'Yes, but Rafael Nadal you beat him when you were young', and you hear that over and over...
And it's hard when you're young to understand that it's not you who's wrong, it's the others, and that in addition you did not ask for anything, we put it on you and that's how it is." In a recent interview with Puntobreak, Nadal has revealed that he may have found a solution to his chronic foot injury, which has changed his view of continuity at the highest level.
"The season has had several very different phases and was totally marked by my physical problems. Everything changed when we found an effective treatment for the foot, which has helped me a lot. That radically changed the perspective of my continuity in high-level tennis," Nadal said.