Former doubles world No. 1 Leander Paes says he has "tremendous respect" for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as he finds it impressive how over and over again they find ways to reinvent their careers. Federer, 39, 34-year-old Nadal and 33-year-old Djokovic are still donating the game as there hasn't been a Grand Slam champion outside the Big Three since Stan Wawrinka won the US Open in 2016.
"Roger Federer, Djokovic, Nadal these three have managed to extend their careers so beautifully. They reinvented themselves multiple times over and that too in the field of singles. I have tremendous respect for all these athletes because they have stood the test of time and kept on reinventing themselves," Paes told Sportskeeda.
Paes says Djokovic, Nadal and Federer are the 'real legends of the game'
"The real legends of the sport can stand the test of time by reinventing themselves," Paes said. "A lot of people can win a tournament once, a lot of people can get lucky and win a Grand Slam once, but when you have real legends, real achievers like Roger Federer, Djokovic, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Navratilova, Hingis." Meanwhile, 17-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic is preparing for his upcoming US Open campaign as he is the top favorite to win it all at the tournament.
Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer and 19-time Grand Slam champion Nadal won't play at this year's US Open. Djokovic had concerns over playing the US Open but eventually decided to play. "I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Cincinnati and US Open this year,” Djokovic said in an announcement posted on his website.
“It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited. "During my career I have played some of my best matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National tennis center.
“I am aware that this time around it will be very different with all the protocols and safety measures that are put in place to protect players and people of NY. "Nevertheless, I have trained hard with my team and got my body in shape so I am ready to adapt to new conditions.
“I’ve done all the check-ups to make sure I am fully recovered and I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis."