The 2021 season went on file with Russia's Davis Cup triumph. Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev's team ended the year in the best possible way, which started with success in the ATP Cup. The Russian also celebrated the first major of his career, having won the US Open last September.
The other three Grand Slams ended up on Novak Djokovic's wall, who was able to write further pages of history at the age of 34. The Serbian phenomenon won his 37th Masters 1000 and finished the year at the top of the ATP rankings for the seventh time ever (beating his idol Pete Sampras).
It was not an unforgettable season for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both of whom were limited by a number of physical problems. The Swiss has undergone knee surgery for the third time in the last 18 months, while the Spaniard is preparing to return to the field in Abu Dhabi.
The 35-year-old from Manacor hasn't even played since the Washington tournament. In a long interview with Eurosport, Alex Corretja analyzed the situation of the Big 3.
Alex Corretja on the Big 3
“I think in a way, Novak Djokovic is a little bit misunderstood all the time.
I don’t know if it is because of his character. Probably when he’s on court, he’s doing things that people pretty much don’t understand," said Corretja. With Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal dominating the men’s game for so long, the trio are often compared and judged against each other.
Corretja thinks Djokovic’s raw emotion sets him apart. "Roger is elegance. He is like, sweet. Everything comes natural. And Rafa is like, the biggest fighter of the whole history, probably," he said. Corretja agrees and thinks, whether or not you’re a fan of him, that it is impossible to ignore Djokovic’s contribution to tennis.
“He deserves all the credit because for me, he’s just giving us so much, on court and off court, that I can only say thank you to him like Roger and Rafa what they bring to our sport," he said. In June, the ATP, whose stars players include Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, and WTA, with star player Emma Raducanu, issued a joint statement regarding the matter.
“The WTA and ATP are continually looking for ways to bring the sport closer together in order to provide an enhanced experience for fans, players and tournaments,” they stated. ONE Tennis, if formed, would aim to bring in greater investments in tournaments. Additionally, they would hope for an increase in players’ prize money, along with better broadcasting.