The Big Three are the three players who have won the most Grand Slam titles in the history of tennis and have gained the love of fans and crowds. Roger Federer is probably the fan's favorite player. Wherever he goes, the Swiss is praised by the public.
Suffice it to recall what happened during the Wimbledon final in 2019, with the crowd of Centre Court roaring after every point of Federer. Roger is a universal champion who goes beyond tennis, who manages to obtain the unconditional love of fans thanks to his class, his elegance and his charisma.
Rafael Nadal is also very popular with fans, almost as much as Federer. The two have one of the most famous sporting rivalries in history, like a titanic clash between ice and fire, with two completely opposite styles. People now consider Rafa a true icon, almost on the same level as Federer.
Novak Djokovic is supported by many fans, but perhaps he is still a step behind his two rivals. This happens both because of some wrong attitudes in the past, and because he is seen as the villain who wants to overcome Federer and Nadal at any cost.
In an interview with El Tiempo, former World number 1 Garbine Muguruza spoke about the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Muguruza on the Big 3
"I think that what is happening on our circuit (WTA) is normal, that is, the fact that there is a lot of competitiveness on the circuit," Garbine Muguruza said.
"What is not normal is that three of the best tennis players in history (Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal) coincide in the same era, as happens in the men's circuit. The normal thing is, as you can see in the women's circuit, that when a tennis player loses she ends up going down in the ranking and that when she wins she goes up," she added.
Muguruza was full of praise for her rival Serena Williams: "Serena's case is a separate case. She is outstanding, it is very complicated to do what she has been doing," the 26-year-old said. She also commented on a potential merger between the WTA and ATP: "Tennis is one of the ways in which there is greater equality between wages between men and women.
There are other modalities where this is not the case. A merger between the two entities seems to me to be very interesting," Muguruza said. "It would be quite appealing, but I don't know what it would take. Whether there is an appropriate time to do so, I do not know. Perhaps this is the most appropriate," she added.