In an interview with The Post, former world No. 1 Andy Roddick spoke about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic's popularity. The American said: “As long as the Big 3 are around, night sessions at Arthur Ashe are covered.
They sell out Mason, Ohio, in the middle of summer. Once those guys move on, there will be a real vacuum of star power and crossover appeal. When the Big 3 move on, the need will be bigger [for Americans].’ Feliciano Lopez praised Nadal: "He is able to play everywhere.
He evolved on a consistent basis because you see Rafa's matches ten years ago and now, and he is a totally different player. That's what I think makes him so big. Despite knowing what he won, he is able to evolve and improve which the majority of guys do not have.
It's not logical and normal either. On hard-court, it doesn't have anything to see with the Rafa of some years ago: he improved the serve, the backhand and several details that you could not see years ago." All three, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have committed to playing the first edition of the ATP Cup in 2020.
Nadal and Djokovic will be playing the Davis Cup Finals this year, in November, in Madrid. The Swiss team that needed to defeat Slovakia in the qualifiers this past weekend lost its tie 3-1. Neither Federer nor Stan Wawrinka played the Davis Cup qualifiers.
Wawrinka has not committed for the ATP Cup either. Henri Laaksonen will join Federer in representing the Swiss team in January 2020, in the tri-city tournament.