2021 will end with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic tied for the all-time record for most Grand Slams conquered. All the members of the Big-3 accumulate 20 "great" titles in their record and a great battle is looming next year to see who manages to separate in that battle that the best players in history undertake.
Federer, the first to reach 20, spoke about this competition that he has with the two main generational rivals of his. "Djokovic has had a fantastic year. It will be very interesting to see how our careers continue. Frankly, it is incredible to see how the three of us are with 20 Grand Slams.
When I started playing the record was Pete Sampras' 12 major tournaments. Then it is true that he won a couple more of them. In 2009 I got over it when I reached 15. It was a great moment for me that moment. Still, I think Nadal and Djokovic have a completely different mentality than me right now.
I think we would all like to earn more. As I have told you before, losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals is not enough, but for me, you know, the road has been hard and long and that is why my perspective is a little different from the rest," said the current number 9 of the world.
Federer was trying to enjoy the ovation
Following his quarter-final exit at Wimbledon this year, Roger Federer spoke to Jonathan Heaf of the GQ Magazine about a number of topics, including his campaign at SW19 and how he has modified his training regimen with age.
"The standing ovation I received there this year was certainly a special one. When I left the court, I could feel the crowd’s love and their support," Federer said. The Swiss, who had only returned to competition a few months before Wimbledon following double knee surgery, said he hoped he could have been in better shape to compete.
"I'm actually very grateful, very happy I was just able to play. I mean, my last year and a half, it's been really difficult. It's been hard with the double knee surgery I had last year and rehab was really slow.
And, look, in some ways I wish I would have been in better shape for Wimbledon this year," Federer lamented. Federer said he was initially worried about having to face the press in the aftermath of the defeat. "And while you're thinking all of that, you know, you're digesting the loss and still trying to enjoy the crowd," Federer recalled.
"But that's short-lived because then you're in the tunnel and you're going back to the locker room and then you're thinking, 'What in the world am I going to tell the press?' Everything moves very quickly."