In addition to making tennis history, the Big 3 have demonstrated a longevity that has very few equals in modern sport. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still on the crest of the wave, albeit with their respective ailments.
The Serbian paid a heavy price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, not having been able to play the Australian Open at the beginning of the year. The former world number 1 did not shine at Roland Garros and is still short of slams this season.
The speech relating to Nadal is different, author of a first part of 2022 that is nothing short of exceptional. The Spanish champion has conquered the first two majors of the season, leaving everyone speechless at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
The sensational comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the Happy Slam final is destined to remain in the annals. Roger Federer, for his part, is recovering from yet another operation on his right knee. The Basel legend will not return until the Laver Cup, which will be staged at London's O2 Arena in late September.
In a press conference during the Wimbledon tournament, Richard Gasquet told a curious anecdote about the Big 3 dating back to 2007.
Gasquet opens up on the Big 3
In his book, which is a delight, Richard Gasquet is his first half at Wimbledon, in 2007.
He evokes an almost improbable and above all particularly striking scene. We thought it would be useful to talk about him this Saturday as he tries to reach the knockout stages. “I will remember all my life that moment when, after the morning warm-up, there were more than four of us in the vast locker room, sitting very close to each other: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and… the little guy of Serignan.
Even if Djokovic was not yet the monster he would become, the image thus delivered says something about my accomplishment, seeing him sitting between two legends, whom he would soon join, makes me think that this won't be so easy to win.
It is as if my mind had left my body to photograph this moment of cohabitation with the greatest, weighted today with 61 Grand Slam titles. Odd!" Novak Djokovic said that he is open to changes in tennis to cater to the ever-changing world.
"Here at Wimbledon, who could have guessed that they would allow players to train at the Central Stadium before the start of the tournament? I bet with Goran (coach) that in the future, they might allow a little paint on the equipment, and he says there is no chance. I am open to changes that can contribute to popularization," Djokovic said.