The Big 3 have been the main attraction on the men's circuit over the past decade and a half. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have broken most of the records, as well as being paired at 20 Grand Slams each.
The Serbian phenomenon had a great chance to overtake his eternal rivals at the US Open last Sunday, but he gave up clearly in the final against the Russian Daniil Medvedev. The number 1 in the world remains the one with the greatest chances of winning other majors, even if the competition of the Next Gen is starting to be felt also for the 34-year-old from Belgrade.
Roger and Rafa, on the other hand, are very far from the glories of the past, due to their age and the numerous physical problems that have plagued them in recent months. The Swiss had to have surgery on his right knee for the third time, while the Spaniard is trying to resolve a foot injury that has limited him to seven tournaments in all of 2021.
Both are expected to return to action in 2022. During a lengthy interview with the microphones of Eurosport, former German champion Boris Becker illustrated how fans and insiders need to start getting used to new faces.
Boris Becker on the Big 3
“Logically, Novak Djokovic will continue to have an important role next year and I also want Rafael Nadal to come back and Roger Federer to recover, although there are a lot of young players who are doing well.
There are guys like Alcaraz, Rune, Sinner, Auger-Aliassime as well as middle-aged people like Zverev, Tsitsipas and Medvedev. We've been talking about Federer, Nadal and Djokovic for 15 years because they just won it all.
Now we have to get used to talking about the other generation, which brings everything the tennis fan wants,” said Boris Becker. It’s been seven long years since Roger Federer lifted the Davis Cup trophy for Switzerland.
The minute Federer realised he had won against Richard Gasquet, he collapsed in joy and tears. Despite nursing an injury, Federer broke him in the third game of the first set and there on he looked confident. Eventually he beat the Frenchman in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
“I’m unbelievably happy. Amazing feeling to be celebrating with my friends,” said Federer. “Just a great match, great atmosphere. It was a beautiful weekend for tennis”. As a result, his country became only the 14th nation in the competition’s 115-year history to win the Davis Cup trophy. Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, and Michael Lammer were the players who won the title for Switzerland.