Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have monopolized Grand Slam tournaments in the past 15 years, even winning 56 of the last 67 major games played (as well as the last 13). Stan Wawrinka's success at the 2016 US Open represents the only exception in recent years, while acknowledging that Dominic Thiem has come very close to the triumph at the Australian Open 2020 by moving forward two sets to one in the final against Djokovic.
Federer leads the all-time ranking with 20 Slam on the bulletin board, followed by Rafael Nadal (19) and Djokovic himself (17), who is the youngest of the Big 3. The Manacor phenomenon could equal the Swiss already this year at Roland Garros, given that Roger will not return to play before the beginning of 2021 following the double operation on his right knee.
Meanwhile, former World number 1 Stefan Edberg has analyzed the hegemony of the three sacred monsters in the modern era.
Edberg on the Big 3
“Over the last 10, 12 years, it’s been three, four players dominating the game,” Stefan Edberg told Eurosport.
“Lately three players and if you look at the last couple of years, they’ve won all the Grand Slams. They’ve been incredible for this sport." Despite his appreciation of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal, Edberg says he still yearns for a new breakout star to rival them – and it’s important they emerge soon.
“It would have been nice to have a new young winner while Novak and Roger and Rafa are still around. It’s probably going to take some time for these young players because you need to win a Slam to start with and maybe need to win two, three, and then you’re sort of people start knowing about you”.
The US Open 2020 - if they were to be played - could represent a great chance for the Next Gen, considering the already announced forfeit of Federer and the probable one of Nadal (concentrated on Roland Garros). Uncertainty still reigns over Djokovic, who has trained on clay and hard court for the past few days.
The US Open will be held without fans. The men’s and women’s singles draws will remain at 128 players, but the men’s and women’s doubles draws will be reduced to 32 teams. There will be no mixed doubles tournament, singles or doubles qualifying tournament, junior tournaments or wheelchair tournament.