'Roger Federer is the most beautiful player ever', says former No. 1

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'Roger Federer is the most beautiful player ever', says former No. 1

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have together won 56 Grand Slam titles. The Big Three have become true tennis legends to the sound of records and over the years have given birth to numerous epic matches that have thrilled the whole world of sport.

Their dominance in Grand Slam tournaments has reached unimaginable heights. Suffice it to say that since 2004, only six players outside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have managed to reach the most coveted goal. They are Gaston Gaudio (Roland Garros 2004), Marat Safin (Australian Open 2005), Juan Martin Del Potro (US Open 2009), Andy Murray (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013, 2016), Stan Wawrinka (Australian Open 2014, Roland Garros 2015, US Open 2016) and Marin Cilic (US Open 2014).

These numbers bring to light another statistic out of the ordinary: in the last 65 Majors only on 10 occasions did one of the Big Three not triumph. Novak Djokovic worked hard to earn the same level of respect as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, believes four-time US Open champion, John McEnroe.

McEnroe on the Big 3

“I relate to Novak Djokovic a little bit because I remember coming up and trying to get the same level of respect or even close to what Connors and (Bjorn) Borg had, and that was a tall order,” John McEnroe said in a recent interview.

“And he’s had that, especially with Roger Federer, who’s the most beautiful player ever, and Nadal with that grit,” McEnroe added. When asked what makes Djokovic great, in his opinion, McEnroe highlighted Djokovic’s mental strength.

He called Djokovic the ‘human backboard’. “He’s like the human backboard, and he’s like Gumby. He’s got incredible flexibility and speed. And he’s a master at not beating himself and allowing you to do it to yourself.

He’s as mentally tough,” McEnroe finished. Tennis has been left divided following the launch of a breakaway players' association, with Roger Fereder and Rafael Nadal among those to criticize its formation. The Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) was unveiled on Sunday as a body separate to the ATP Tour and tennis' first player-only council since 1972.

It is being spearheaded by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and 94th-ranked Vasek Pospisil, who said it is "very difficult, if not impossible, to have any significant impact on any major decisions" within the current structure alongside the ATP. Nole won his 35th Masters 1000 title at the Western and Southern Open last week.