Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are widely recognized as the best players of any era. The Spanish champion has hoisted himself to 21 Majors, after having accomplished a memorable feat at the Australian Open. Arriving and Melbourne without great expectations, the 35-year-old from Manacor beat the competition by winning his second 'Down Under' title.
The Iberian came back two sets behind Daniil Medvedev in the final, undermining his opponent's certainties just when the Russian seemed one step away from the finish line. Djokovic was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue, which also caused serious damage to his image.
Strict US regulations forced him to skip the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000s as well. The situation regarding Federer is different, recovering from yet another operation on his right knee. The 40-year-old from Basel hopes to return in late summer or early autumn.
In a press conference during the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, Stan Wawrinka paid tribute to the Big 3 of men's tennis.
Wawrinka opens up on Roger Federer
"Well, inspiration, no, because Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were always exceptional.
They did what other players were not able to do. I admired them." The three-time Grand Slam champion was quick to include Novak Djokovic in the discussion, calling the Serb, Federer and Nadal one of a kind. "With Novak, they are part of a category that is out of the norm."
Roger Federer is possibly one of the most popular tennis players on this planet, if not the most. He definitely has the most fan following among the Big Four. Though not a lot can be understood from just a few pictures, it seems that he is motivated and is working hard to get himself back on track, after two major knee surgeries.
On his Instagram account, Roger Federer posted, “Rehab Is Rockinggggggg,” and was accompanied by a few pictures of the 20 time Grand Slam champion working out with a lot of intensity. Federer’s last match on the ATP tour was at Wimbledon last year.
As a 39-year-old player, he broke Ken Rosewall’s previously held record by becoming the oldest quarterfinalist. He ultimately lost to Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets, being bageled in the third set. Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the King of Clay, and his records on the red dirt are unmatched and unparalleled.
The clay season has been one of the most successful seasons in terms of records, for a long time for the Spaniard. But his recent injury has cast a shadow on his 2022 clay campaign.