The Big 3 have monopolized the men's circuit for over a decade and a half. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic shared the first three Grand Slams of 2022, further fueling their duel and reigniting the GOAT debate. The Spaniard won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, while the Serbian triumphed at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career.
By winning his fourth straight title at Church Road and matching his idol Pete Sampras, Nole lifted a season that was in danger of failing. The 35-year-old from Belgrade hopes to be able to fly to the United States to compete in the US Open and is training intensely on hard courts.
In the absence of the 'Djoker', Nadal will have a great chance to stretch further in the all-time rankings of the Majors. The speech relating to Roger Federer is more complex, still in the pits after having undergone yet another operation on his right knee.
The 40-year-old Swiss will return to the Laver Cup, scheduled at the O2 Arena in London from 23 to 25 September. In a press conference ahead of his Washington debut, Taylor Fritz explained what it means to face the Big 3.
Taylor Fritz comments on the Big 3
Taylor Fritz is the seeded 3 of the Washington tournament gave a long press conference where he necessarily returned to his quarter-final against Rafael Nadal.
Even if the American explained that he was ready for this type of duel, he still admitted that he still lacks something against the tenors of the circuit. “I felt like what I took away from that game was that mentally I proved to myself that I could get over the hurdle of one of these really big names.
I had a lot of big wins and I played a lot of good matches, but never against Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer. I think it's kind of a big mental hurdle to get over." The 36-year-old was going strong in the Wimbledon Championships as well.
However, an unfortunate injury meant he had to sit out and miss his semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios. Rafa suffered an abdominal tear in his quarterfinal match against Taylor Fritz that kept him out of action for 3-4 weeks.
Recently, the star player made his way back to the hard court for practicing for the upcoming American swing. With not much time left for the US Open, it will be interesting to see how well he can prepare for the last Grand Slam of the year.