'There won't be a new Roger Federer, Nadal or Djokovic', says former No.1

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'There won't be a new Roger Federer, Nadal or Djokovic', says former No.1

2021 went to the archive with the Big 3 tied with 20 Grand Slams each. Novak Djokovic has just returned from an exceptional season, in which he touched the legendary 'Calendar Grand Slam' By winning the top three majors of the year (Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon), the world number 1 cleared the gap that separated him from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings.

The Serbian champion had a gluttonous chance to overtake the US Open, but he had to bow to a Daniil Medvedev in a state of grace. On the other hand, 2021 did not smile at Roger and Rafa, both limited by a series of physical problems.

The Swiss underwent knee surgery for the third time in the past 18 months, while the Spaniard has played just seven official tournaments this year. The 35-year-old from Manacor is preparing to return to the field in the Abu Dhabi exhibition, which will be an excellent test in view of the Australian Open 2022.

During a long interview reported by 'Punto de Break', Juan Carlos Ferrero - current coach of Carlos Alcaraz - analyzed the future of the men's circuit.

Juan Carlos Ferrero on the Big 3

Juan Carlos Ferrero, currently coach of Carlos Alcaraz, gave his thoughts on the future of tennis for the Gazzetta.

He mentioned in particular the post Big 3, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic definitely approaching the end. For the Spaniard, no other line will dominate tennis so much. And yet, for him, today's players have a little something extra.

“There won't be a new Big3, although I think tennis players today are more technically complete than before. It's hard to have three players winning that long, I don't think we'll see him again. We will see top tennis players for years, like Medvedev, Zverev or Tsitsipas, but also younger ones like Sinner or Korda.

Hopefully Carlos can reach this level as well,” said Ferrero. Nadal enjoyed a successful European clay-court run this year as he won titles at Barcelona and Rome before the start of the French Open. But, world no.1 Novak Djokovic ended Nadal’s hopes of winning Roland Garros for a record 14th time.

The Serbian star went on to clinch his 19th Grand Slam title in Paris by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. If all goes well, fans might get to watch Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic lock horns once again at the 2022 Australian Open.