Tennis is one of the most expensive sports in the world, also thanks to its physicality and global dimension that put both body and mind to the test. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were able to express themselves to their full potential while facing an enormous load of pressure.
The Big 3 have won 56 of the last 67 Grand Slams, with Stan Wawrinka being the last to break their dominance in the Majors four years ago. Dominic Thiem came very close to the Australian Open 2020, but had to suffer Novak Djokovic's comeback just as he seemed headed for his first career Grand Slam.
In a recent interview in Tennis Magazine, former Top 50 Michael Berrer analyzed the mental approach of the three sacred monsters before each match. According to the former German player, Djokovic is the best at maintaining an ideal psychological picture before matches, while Federer and Nadal are the antipodes.
Berrer on the Big 3
“A Rafael Nadal is more tense, while Roger Federer is relaxed and makes fun. Novak Djokovic is very serious and the most mentally complete player now,” Michael Berrer said. Even at the age of 39, Federer continues to have a passion for the game that never ceases to amaze.
The Basel phenomenon, struggling with recovery after double surgery on his right knee, will make his return to the tennis court at the beginning of 2021. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, slipped to the next year due to the Coronavirus emergency.
“So I expect a 16-year-old, 17-year-old player to be having a really big vision like Roger Federer who used to be as a 15-year-old. It was clear to him (Federer) that he wanted to be the top 10 and then the World No. 1”.
At the age of 39, Federer is sitting out the rest of the 2020 season after knee surgery but looks set to return in 2021, even if tennis continues to be played behind closed doors. The 20-time Grand Slam winner may elect to depart after one of his favourite tournaments and Edberg says the Swiss should make a sharp exit, rather than repeat his own mistake.
Former Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open champion Stefan Edberg - who won each of those grand slams twice - revealed he and Roger Federer have spoken about how best to walk away.