Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have together won 60 Grand Slam titles. The Big Three have become true tennis legends to the sound of records and over the years have given birth to numerous epic matches that have thrilled the whole world of sport.
Their dominance in Grand Slam tournaments has reached unimaginable heights. Suffice it to say that since 2004, only eight players outside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have managed to reach the most coveted milestone. Lorenzo Sonego has had the opportunity to face both Federer and Djokovic in his career.
Against the Serbian champion, the Italian managed to win the first direct clash in Vienna, where he beat a world number one for the first time; while he lost both matches with Federer: the first at Roland Garros and the second at Wimbledon.
In an exclusive interview with Virgilio Sport, Sonego recalled the game he lost against Federer on the lawns of the All England Club. "Federer is definitely the player I grew up with. Tackling him at Wimbledon Central was a unique experience.
But Nadal and Djokovic are also two aliens, it is difficult to choose who is the best in this sense because all three have done crazy things, which will hardly be repeated. Which Slam do you dream of winning? Let's say I let you choose.
Surely Paris for the Italians is the home Slam but I also really like playing in Australia, at Wimbledon and in New York. Then obviously one of the dreams would be to win the tournament in Rome which for us Italians is a bit like a fifth Grand Slam"
Sonego then focused on the Olympic experience lived this summer. "Playing with the Italy shirt is always a great emotion that creates particular incentives for me to try to do well."
Clarey reflects on Roger Federer
The most recent poser of the inevitable question is renowned journalist and a sports columnist for The New York Times, Christopher Clarey.
Author of ‘The Master: The Brilliant Career of Roger Federer’, Clarey has recently voiced his doubts about Federer’s potential return to the court. The Journalist replied, “I don’t believe he will return to the circuit (after another knee surgery).
It’s a guess. I believe he will realize, during his rehabilitation process, that time has changed. The new guys arrived. He has a lot to do in his life. At 40, what else will you conquer on the circuit?” Fans of the Swiss Maestro have been desperately awaiting to see if a returning Federer can match his previous levels.
Clarey poured cold water on those dreams as he continued,” He may even come back, but it will be a slow and difficult comeback. I don’t think he can win more Grand Slam tournaments. And I think you won’t be happy if you don’t have a chance of winning these tournaments”.