Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won 57 Grand Slam tournaments together and, despite the many years spent at the top of world tennis, they have no intention of stopping. The Swiss and the Spaniard are both at 20 Majors, while the Serbian is still stuck at 17 and chases his two rivals also thinking about the absolute record of weeks spent at the top of the ATP ranking.
Djokovic and Nadal will restart from the ATP Cup and the Australian Open and will once again be the two biggest suspects for the final victory of the first Grand Slam of the year. A separate discussion must be made for Roger Federer.
The Swiss has decided to postpone his return to the field, the last match played was the semifinal lost against Djokovic at the Australian Open 2020, and to take more time to recover 100% from the problem in his right knee.
In a recent interview with La Stampa, Italian tennis player Matteo Berrettini said that it was like a family sport for him. The World No.10 also revealed that LeBron James was his all-time favorite basketball player.
Berrettini compares Federer and Djokovic with two basketball legends
"Rafael Nadal is the LeBron James of tennis, in terms of physicality and because they both exploded (on the scene) very young," Matteo Berrettini said.
"Roger Federer, I would compare him to Michael Jordan. Novak Djokovic reminds me of Kobe Bryant for how he remains cold (stoic) in difficult situations. I know he (Federer) is training, I think he will be back as soon as possible.
And he has shown many times that when he comes back, it is as if he had never stopped," Berrettini stated. The 24-year-old Matteo Berrettini recently signed with LSJ Sports, the agency headed by former World No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic.
The Italian talked about the work of Ljubicic in particular, explaining how the Croat has given him confidence in his own abilities. "He is a great professional and an excellent person. He believes in me, as per him I can become one of the strongest Italians ever," Berrettini said about his move.
Berrettini believed that Federer’s legacy was as great as that of Jordon. As for Djokovic, he claimed that his ability to remain calm in tough situations reminded him of Bryant. With the ATP Finals moving to Turin, Italy in 2021 for five years, the 24-year-old hopes to be among the eight men playing the event in front of his home fans.
"They are played in Italy this year and that is one more stimulus. When I qualified for London at the beginning of the 2019 season, I would never have imagined it. You have to keep dreaming big without it becoming an obsession," said Berrettini.