Hitting partner details what makes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic great



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Hitting partner details what makes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic great

Former hitting partner Mike Digby had a chance to hit with some of the biggest names of the game, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Tennis has a rich history when it comes to the champions of the game but Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are the three players than stand out.

Digby, who also works as a tennis coach, explains what makes the Big Three so great. "When you become a top 100 player, top 200 player, everyone can play tennis," Digby said on The Tennis Files Podcast, per Sportskeeda.

"Everyone can hit a forehand, everyone can hit a backhand, everyone is pretty athletic, everyone can serve pretty well, everyone can return pretty well. But the players that are ultra successful are the ones that can compete the best.

And I think just reinforcing daily, having a competive environment and undertstanding what a competitor means - even for the top 100 players - that's what wins them matches."

Digby: Djokovic, Nadal & Federer all deliver under pressure

"I'm incredibly impressed with Nadal's forehand, with Federer's forehand, with Djokovic's returns, but I'm more impressed with their ability to do all of that as a competitor under pressure, under extreme pressure," Digby continued.

"And that's what makes them the great champions that they are. "The likes of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer - they have the basics both on court and off court nailed on. So then it allows them to be a little bit more creative in certain moments.

No need to ever overcomplicate things, just get the basics done really, really well." Nadal made a strong start to the 2022 season, winning a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Djokovic and Federer didn't play - the Serb because of his vaccine stance, while the Swiss wasn't ready to play because he was recovering from a knee surgery he underwent in August.