The Big 3 have dominated the last decade and a half of men's tennis. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have rewritten the record book, as well as preventing numerous players from winning what they deserved.
The three sacred monsters are currently tied with 20 Slams each, after the Serbian has made the author of a formidable season. The number 1 in the world has won three majors this year, closing the gap that separated him from the eternal rivals in the all-time ranking.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade came close to the legendary 'Calendar Grand Slam', having been defeated by Daniil Medvedev in the final act of the US Open. Nole’s presence at the Australian Open 2022 remains uncertain, given the requirement of vaccination for all players wishing to compete in the Happy Slam.
The absence of Roger Federer, who will not return to play before the summer of 2022, is already certain. Nadal should be there instead, eager to repeat his only triumph in Melbourne dating back to 2009. Speaking in the latest edition of the podcast 'No Boundaries' , Nick Kyrgios analyzed the longevity of the Big 3.
Nick Kyrgios on the Big 3
Nick Kyrgios was quick to hail the Big 4 -- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray -- for their commitment and dedication to tennis. "There's no chance that Federer or Nadal or Novak or Murray doesn't love it.
Like if you watch Murray's documentary, he's having phone calls in the middle of the night at 3 am to his team saying, 'I'm scared to not play, like I don't know what I'm going to do without the sport.'
That's not me," the Australian added. "I love the game but I'm not passionate or driven as they are. They're like once in a generation, once in a decade athletes." Nick feels he has achieved his main goals: "Every single day of my life I deal with people telling me how to be, how to train or how to hit a forehand.
I feel like as a 26-year-old I'm financially in a pretty good spot, I help a lot of people, have a lot of options, I'm healthy, I've got great friends and those were my goals growing up. I wasn't thinking about winning Grand Slams.
I just wanted to have fun," Kyrgios said. Tennis Australia has decided to conduct a shorter version of the ATP Cup at two venues in Sydney again. This year, the event was held in Melbourne.