In addition to dominating the men's circuit in the modern era, the Big 3 have contributed to bringing many people closer to the sport in recent decades. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are undoubtedly the two most loved champions, not only for their famous rivalry, but also for their always impeccable behavior both on and off the pitch.
Unlike the speech relating to Novak Djokovic, who has been the great ruler of the tour from 2011 to today, but never fully conquering the hearts of the fans. The world number 1 has joined his eternal rivals at 20 Grand Slam titles, with the tempting chance of overtaking already at the US Open in three weeks.
Should he triumph in New York, the Serbian would also complete an epic 'Calendar Grand Slam' by repeating Rod Laver's feat back in 1969. During a lengthy interview with Washington City Paper, NHL star Lars Eller - who got to to meet Nadal during the tournament in Washington - he expressed all his admiration for the Big 3.
Eller pays tribute to Nadal and Federer
“I’ve always enjoyed watching Roger Federer," continued the Dane. "I think he’s just amazing on so many levels. I admire him as a person [and] as an athlete.
But the same thing with Nadal. I really admire their humble personalities, and the fact that they’ve been able to stay on top of their sport for so many years—you know, decades." The NHL star also included Novak Djokovic in the discussion and asserted that the Big 3 are the best players of all time.
"I think that’s the most impressive thing, to have them playing, [Novak] Djokovic, all three of them in the same era," Eller added. "I think arguably the best three players of all time, so having to see them battle it out at every Grand Slam is special”.
Washington Capitals star Lars Eller also spoke about the 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, which many regard as the greatest tennis match of all time. “(The 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is) one of the best sports games of all time,” Eller said.
Fans and players alike are preparing for one of the biggest events on the tennis calendar – the US Open. However, before we get to the hardcourt Grand Slam, there is another tournament players have to get through first, the Rogers Cup.
Federer was the latest to pull out of the event as he still continues to recover from the knee injury. Djokovic, having played a number of tournaments, ending up injuring his shoulder towards the end of the Olympic Games.