In recent years, the world of tennis has experienced a true golden epic. The last two decades have featured the Big Three, three tennis phenomena: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Sixty-three Grand Slam titles together and a first place always in charge of these three stars, probably the three best athletes in the history of the sport.
If for some the fact of seeing only three tennis players dominate the world of tennis, over and over again, may seem "boring", the reality has not been that. These three athletes have changed the sporting dynamics of tennis and the whole sport, an incontrovertible fact.
In the last few hours, even the world of football has once again used the Big Three as a yardstick for the sport. During the Real Madrid shareholders meeting, the president of the Spanish club, Florentino Pérez, once again clarified the reason for the creation of the Superliga, an elite competition between the best clubs in Europe.
Pérez, together with Barcelona and Juventus in particular, has the objective of cultivating this elite competition between the best clubs in Europe, an objective that was born a few years ago but that until now has not found the agreement of all the clubs and that sees the main supporters of the SuperLega in total opposition to Uefa.
During his speech, Pérez gave the example of the big three and, in particular, the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. These are his words: "Football is clearly losing the global battle against other sports and other platforms."
Kuerten on Federer and Nadal
Speaking in the same press interaction, Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten spoke about humanizing the legends and seemed to relate more to Roger Federer, having watched him play in the juniors and come up on the tour to become World No.
1. "I don't know if they are from another planet, but I feel close to the boy Federer, to the boy I watched play in the juniors to be successful, until he reached number one in the world, maintaining an untouchable level of level of education and professionalism.
This is the size of the figure he represents," Kuerten said. "An athlete has a series of experiences and all the experiences he goes through are valid for a lifetime. It is a cycle that ends at the same time that others appear.
What I found magnificent is again the brilliance of tennis, to see the importance of the opponent as well," Kuerten said. Knowing how important Federer was for Nadal to become an even greater tennis player. If I had faced Nadal, I would have been able to improve much more than the challenges I experienced. It is wonderful," he added, as quoted by tenisnews.