The first Major of the season is just around the corner and the spotlight is again on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The dominant figures of men's tennis for almost 20 years have won 55 Major crowns since Wimbledon 2003 and also the last 12, staying ahead of all the rivals despite their age and writing history books with every new tournament played.
Speaking about his main rivals during the offseason in Dubai, Roger dropped significant praise on both Rafa and Novak, confirming they will both pass his record of 20 Major titles in the future! After the Australian Open 2010, Federer had been on a steady course towards enough Major crowns that would keep him safe ahead of all the competitors that would come in the next couple of decades, although Nadal and Djokovic had some other plans!
The Spaniard had trailed ten titles after the mentioned event in Melbourne ten years ago, reducing the gap already in the rest of 2010 and staying on Roger's trail for all these years to move just one Major crown behind the great rival and earn a chance of catching or even passing him in 2020.
Novak Djokovic had to wait for a couple of years after that first Major title that came in Melbourne 2008, becoming the player to beat since 2011 and adding 15 titles to his tally in the previous decade to chase the main opponents and keep himself in the GOAT race in the next couple of years.
After Wimbledon 2012, Roger has managed to win just three Major crowns, staying empty-handed for four years and bouncing back in 2017 and 2018 to extend his time on the throne for a couple of more years. "I think the way it's going, Rafa and Novak will win more Majors than me, because they are that good," Federer said.
"The season they had in 2019 shows that there is more to come for them. After that knee injury in 2016, I would have taken one more Major and was able to grab three amazing ones. I had my moment and always said everything that comes after 15 was a bonus."