Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated men's tennis since the early 2000s, as well as almost entirely rewriting the record book. The Big 3 have won 24 of the last 29 Grand Slam tournaments and currently share the all-time record of 20 Majors.
The sixth seal at Wimbledon has in fact allowed the Serbian phenomenon to match its eternal rivals, keeping alive the hopes of achieving a 'Calendar Golden Slam' that would be unbelievable. For this reason, the world number 1 decided to fly to Tokyo for the Olympics before focusing on the US Open.
The speech relating to Roger and Rafa is more complicated: the Swiss is far from top form and is almost 40 years old, while the Spaniard has taken two months off after failing the assault on Roland Garros. Wimbledon 2018 finalist Kevin Anderson - fresh off his triumph in Newport last week - said it was fantastic to be able to see three of the best athletes ever in the same era.
Kevin Anderson praises the Big 3
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, collectively known as the "Big 3", have dominated men's tennis since the early 2000s. They have won 24 of the last 29 Grand Slams, and share a mammoth 60 Majors between them.
"Yeah it's been amazing (to see) the success those three guys have had. Very unique time, I don't think you're necessarily going to see that in a very long time, you know," Kevin Anderson said after his victory over Jenson Brooksby in the Newport final.
"Three guys, who own the majority of the records in the sport, are all playing at the same time, it's very unique across different sports. A lot of people have been captivated by those rivalries, some point it's important to see new faces.
But it seems they all are playing some great tennis, Novak especially," Anderson said. "Djokovic's had an amazing year so far, going for some more history at the US Open. It's a really big storyline, soon you're gonna have the chance to do it and it's incredible.
It certainly adds discussion in the years to come on who's potentially the best of those 3 players." Djokovic recently shared a beautiful post on his Instagram handle. In that picture, one can see a young boy who is getting inspired after watching Djoker lift the Wimbledon Championships 2021 title.
In the caption, he remembered his days of childhood and revealed how he used to make trophies out of some material and dreamt of winning Wimbledon one day.