The Toronto Masters 1000 - scheduled for this week - was a glimpse of what the tour will be after the retirement of the Big 3. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have given up on the American Masters 1000 due to a series of physical problems, while Novak Djokovic is still recharging the batteries after the atrocious Olympic disappointment.
The number 1 in the world wants to return to 100% for the start of the US Open, where he will have a great opportunity to write yet another page of history. In the event of a triumph in New York, Nole would become the second player in the Open Era to complete the Grand Slam (the only one to do so was Rod Laver back in 1969).
The Next Gen will try in every way to put a spoke in the wheel, but the impression is that of an even more motivated Djokovic after the misstep in Tokyo. Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will be to keep an eye on, while the presence of defending champion Dominic Thiem is still uncertain.
In a recent interview with 'Tennis.com', well-known coach and analyst Brad Gilbert analyzed the secrets of the three sacred monsters.
Gilbert pays tribute to the Big 3
According to Gilbert, the key factor behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic's greatness is that they know how to win matches even when they are not playing at their best.
“Their (Big 3) consistency is outrageous, week in and week out," Gilbert said. “The greatness of the Big Three was that they learned how to win when they are not quite right, and playing at only 60 to 70 percent."
At the All England Club, Novak created history by winning his 20th Grand Slam title, tying him with arch-rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Now with the final Grand Slam of the season soon to begin, one cannot rule out the possibility of seeing the Serb win the 21st Grand Slam title.
Last year, he was disqualified as he hit the ball on the lineswoman. Therefore, it will be interesting to see the Serbian star once he steps on the courts at Flushing Meadows this season. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova believes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are a cut above the Next Gen.
“These younger players are just not as good as the Big Three,” Martina Navratilova said . “Those three are just on another level. They are amazing”.