Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominated the modern era of tennis, helping to fuel the popularity of the sport around the world. The Big 3 have won 56 of the last 67 Grand Slam tournaments, starting with the Swiss Master's victory at Wimbledon in 2003.
In a recent interview, NBA legend Steve Nash gave his analysis of the greatest player among Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. “It is amazing to see the modern game with Djoker, Roger and Rafa, how they are all so different and they all get it done in different ways.
But they are all, if you individually look at their resume, you can make a case that each of them are the best player to ever play the game. You can throw Sampras in there, you can throw Johnny Macs, that one great season he had" - he said.
“For me they all bring something different and exciting to the table. I think Roger started out being so mesmerizing. He’s a great athlete but he also had so much variety , beautiful strokes, he slices the backhand, he comes over top of it hard, he finds angles, his forehand is obviously mastery.
But then he had the serve and volley and all the varieties in between. You know, whereas Rafa, when he started playing I thought this guy is just a beast of an athlete. Mentally, he’s tough as anyone we’ve seen in any sport.
But as the years go by you realize, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Rafa miss a volley. He’s an artist too and you look at Djokovic, the way he moves, his flexibility, his consistency. To beat him, if he’s playing at his best, to beat him is almost impossible.
He makes you play so many extra balls and then he puts so much pressure on you to hit the extra lines, you know, he’s just in his own right, as good as anyone we’ve ever seen" - the eight-time NBA All-Star added.