Ahead of the first Major event of the season at Melbourne Park, the one could continuously hear numbers like 20, 19 and 16, by other fans, experts and players themselves. That's the tally of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic ahead of the first significant showdown of 2020 at the Australian Open, with three legends chasing the 15th crown down under in the last 17 years, eager to stay ahead of the upcoming rivals.
Roger, Novak and Rafa have won the previous 12 Majors since the Australian Open 2017, ready to extend the streak and push each other to the limits once again in that GOAT race that has become more interesting than ever after Novak and Rafa claimed two titles in 2019.
The Spaniard is only one Major behind the Swiss at the moment, looking good to catch or even pass him in 2020, with Novak Djokovic trailing four to Roger but with realistic chances of matching Federer's numbers in the years to come.
Djokovic is the youngest and overall the most reliable player out of three, ready to challenge all the rivals for at least a couple of more years, with enough time for the Serb to win enough Majors and stand in front of his archrivals.
The seven-time Major champion John McEnroe believes Rafael Nadal will catch or pass Roger Federer in 2020 but also that Novak Djokovic will finish their incredible race at the top, as the player with the most trophies in the history of our sport, praising the Serb and his abilities.
"At the end of the year, it is easy to pick Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to have the most Majors, but on the long-term run, I would have to go with Novak Djokovic," McEnroe said. "If he stays healthy over the next couple of years, you could see Novak winning a couple each year; he will be there, and then you have to wonder whether Roger could win another one and whether or not anyone will ever beat Rafa at the French.
You would think, after what we have been watching in the last couple of years, that Rafael Nadal is going to win another French Open crown, at least one, and pull off something else as well to move past Roger Federer, maybe already in 2020 if he stays healthy."