The Big 3 have been the great rulers of men's tennis over the past decade and a half. Even after they turned 30, they were able to remain competitive by breaking every possible and imaginable record. Rafael Nadal has risen to 21 Slams, after having triumphed at the Australian Open 2022 against all odds.
Fresh from a long stop due to injury, the Spanish champion has achieved one of the greatest achievements of his entire career. The Majorcan will try to stretch further at Roland Garros, but will have to pay attention to Novak Djokovic.
The world number 1 was unable to defend the title at the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue, which greatly limited his appearances on the pitch at the start of the season. Suffice it to say that the Serbian has only played three official matches this year.
The speech relating to Roger Federer is different, recovering from yet another operation on his right knee. The 40-year-old Swiss hopes to return in late summer or early autumn, perhaps for the Laver Cup. During a long interview with 'Punto de Break', the well-known coach Gabriel Jaramillo praised the three monsters for their incredible longevity.
Jaramillo on the Big 3
"Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, for the tennis they play and the number of years they have been competing," Jaramillo said. Praising the Big 3 for giving their best on the court and contributing towards the sport's growth, Jaramillo added that there may not be another trio like them ever again.
"Tennis is something very sacrificed; no one would have to continue playing, they are the three millionaires, but there they continue to give their best effort. What they have made this sport grow is priceless, it will be very difficult to see athletes like this again," he said.
Jaramillo feels that Djokovic (34), being younger than Federer (40) and Nadal (35), has every chance of outlasting his counterparts and adding to his legacy. "It's difficult [...] Being younger, because of his style of play and because of the way he moves on the court, I would say that Djokovic can go further," said Jaramillo.
"Nadal is a much more physical player; he wears out more; there will come a day when the body no longer responds to him," he said. "Then there is Federer, who makes everything easy and plays more beautiful than anyone, but I would say that Novak is the most complete of the three."