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).
Tennis pundit Brad Gilbert recently analyzed the GOAT debate between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Gilbert claims that head-to-head record between the trio is one of the most important factors in deciding the greatest.
Brad Gilbert on the GOAT debate
The tennis pundit also claimed that while Roger Federer was amazing on the offensive, his movement was still not as good as Novak Djokovic. "No that is beyond ridiculous the style of play makes u the goat, Federer is tremendous mover and amazing offensive mover but no way is he a better mover then Djoker, in a few years will no where we stand and if ND or Vamos-Rafa have the most or Fed there is your answers" - Brad Gilbert wrote.
The Big Three monopolized the top spot in the ATP men's singles rankings from 2 February 2004 to 6 November 2016 and again from 21 August 2017 to the present, for a total of 805 weeks (equivalent to over 15 years) as of 14 September 2020.
Federer was ranked number 1 for a record 310 weeks, Djokovic, the current number 1, for 286 weeks, and Nadal for 209 weeks. Each player has occupied the top position at the end of the year five times. The Big Three have played each other in 145 matches, including 69 finals.
Of all the matches, 46 have been played at Grand Slam tournaments, including 22 finals. The first match between two players of the Big Three occurred in March 2004 at the Miami Masters, where Nadal defeated Federer. Federer and Djokovic first met in April 2006 at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Nadal and Djokovic first faced each other a month later at the 2006 French Open. However, Gilbert is keen on waiting for the 'Big 3' to end their careers before deciding on the GOAT (Greatest of all time).