Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the three players who have made the history of sport in the last twenty years and together they have collected 60 Grand Slam titles, 20 each. In the last edition of Wimbledon, the world number one and dominator of the circuit in recent months has conquered Wimbledon and joined his two eternal opponents.
Compared to Nadal and Federer, Djokovic is younger both by birth and physically and seems to have the great opportunity to overtake the two opponents. More Slams and not only for the Serbian champion who will also participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games and who has the great opportunity to achieve the Golden Slam by winning the 4 Slams and the Olympics in the same year.
At the same time, a tennis player hasn't won all four Grand Slams in the same year since Rod Laver. The records that these three players have achieved are, in any case, destined to make the history of this sport.
Bhupathi reflects on Roger Federer
Indian tennis great Mahesh Bhupathi recently claimed that Novak Djokovic's mental strength and ability to deal with pressure situations are the best amongst the Big 3.
But Bhupathi also believes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have their own set of unique attributes, making it difficult to pick one among the trio as the GOAT. "He already has most of the records locked up. Most weeks at No 1, most prize-money won," Bhupathi said.
"However, Novak will always rank three in the popularity context. That’s not because he’s (Novak Djokovic) not a good guy," the Indian added. "It’s because he has been a street-fighter when it comes to digging out matches from the start of his career and has since then developed a love-hate relationship with tennis fans."
While speaking about Roger Federer, Mahesh Bhupathi revealed how the Swiss is as warm and friendly with his colleagues as he is with the fans. "Off court, his (Roger Federer) warm and friendly demeanor with his fans pretty much extended to the locker room as well," Bhupathi said.
"There was no player or coach or locker-room staff he wouldn’t greet or even have a chat with. He was always one of the boys in the locker-room, cracking jokes or discussing issues the sport faced." Due to the ongoing pandemic outbreak, Tokyo Olympics has many rigid restrictions.
Therefore, numerous top players have taken the difficult decision to withdraw, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. However, determined on his path to Golden Slam, Novak Djokovic will travel to Japan and try for the gold medal.