'Roger Federer started before them but...', says expert

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'Roger Federer started before them but...', says expert

There was certainly no lack of excitement at the start of 2022. Rafael Nadal was the author of a magnificent ride at the Australian Open, sealed by the crazy comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the final. The Spanish veteran put his 21st Major on the board, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings.

The latter was unable to defend the title in Melbourne due to the well-known vaccination issue, which risks heavily affecting his season. The Serbian returned to the field in Dubai, but had to surrender in the quarterfinals to a wild Jiri Vesely.

His premature departure from the UAE allowed Medvedev to become the 27th number 1 in the history of men's tennis, as well as the third Russian to do so after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin. After the Davis Cup weekend, the circuit will move to the United States for the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.

In the latest episode of the 'Match Point Canada' podcast, Prakash Amritraj praised the rise of Medvedev and the greatness of the Big 3.

Amritraj on the Big 3

"Daniil Medvedev becoming the World No. 1 is a good thing for tennis beyond a shadow of doubt.

Personally, I don't think we are ever going to see three GOATs at the same level or maybe even two in the same generation again," Amritraj said. "You usually have one guy really separating himself." Despite seeing it unfold right in front of his eyes, Prakash Amritraj could not get over the improbability of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic all playing at the same time.

"Normally, you are comparing [Rod] Laver to [Pete] Sampras, you're comparing Margaret Court to Steffi Graf. It's generational, so you were not able to see how they would have fared against each other. But this is wild," Amritraj said.

"Even though [Roger] Federer started before them in his level of greatness, he has been doing it for so long and when [Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic] came on, we got to see this time which is such a gift for all of our tennis fans."

Roger Federer underwent 2 knee surgeries in 2020. Playing just the Australian Open in 2020, Roger Federer decided to dedicate his remaining year to recovering from the surgery. Being out of the tour for more than a year, Federer made a comeback in 2021, facing early-round exits in the 4 tournaments that he played before entering Wimbledon.