The dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has influenced the career of numerous players who have found themselves competing in their own era. The Big 3 have won 56 of the last 67 Slams played, in addition to having made the big voice also in the Masters 1000.
In the second part of the episode entitled 'What if the Big 3 had not existed', the former French tennis player Florent Serra highlighted the parable of Andy Roddick, former World number 1 but unable to win the right number of Grand Slams in relation to his talent.
It was Federer who most prevented the American from triumphing at Wimbledon, with particular regret for the 2009 final (lost by A-Rod at the photo finish after having had the chance to fly two sets to zero).
Serra on the Big 3
"Without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, we would certainly have had a more unpredictable circuit, with more suspense on the tournaments but that is not to say that the circuit would have been more interesting.
Tennis fans love rivalries. So without the Big 3, we would have had suspense but would we have had such outstanding rivalries? I doubt" - Florent Serra explained. "The circuit would certainly have been more unpredictable but would not have been more attractive without the Big 3, in my opinion.
I do not think that the true enthusiasts get tired of this domination of the Big 3. Maybe a new audience would have arrived if multiple players from different countries had won Grand Slams" - he added. The Big Three monopolized the top spot in the ATP men's singles rankings from 2 February 2004 to 6 November 2016 and again from 21 August 2017 to the present, for a total of 800 weeks (equivalent to over 15 years) as of 9 March 2020.
Federer was ranked number 1 for a record 310 weeks, Djokovic, the current number 1, for 281 weeks, and Nadal for 209 weeks. Each player has occupied the top position at the end of the year five times. The Big Three have played each other in 145 matches, including 69 finals.
Of all the matches, 46 have been played at Grand Slam tournaments, including 22 finals. The first match between two players of the Big Three occurred in March 2004 at the Miami Masters, where Nadal defeated Federer. Federer and Djokovic first met in April 2006 at the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal and Djokovic first faced each other a month later at the 2006 French Open.