Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have won 57 Grand Slam titles together and, despite many years at the top of world tennis, they have no plans to stop. Both the Swiss and the Spaniard are at 20 important points, while the Serbian is still stuck at 17 and chasing rivals and is also considering the record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.
Djokovic and Nadal will leave the ATP Cup and the Australian Open and will again be favorites to win the final in their first major tournament this year. A separate discussion should be held by Roger Federer. The Swiss has decided to postpone his return to the field, and his last match was the semifinal lost against Djokovic in the Australian Open 2020, and it takes longer to recover 100% from the problem in his right knee.
Speaking in a TV interview with Skavlan, young star Casper Ruud recalled how his state of mind before facing Federer was anything but calm.
Ruud on the Big 3's domination
"I remember before I was going to play against Roger Federer, it was a bit difficult to sleep the night before," Casper Ruud said.
"When you lie with your head on the pillow, thoughts come. Because when you have to meet a player like Federer, the pressure is great. It is the time of day (while sleeping) where I get to think most about what will happen the next day," he added.
"So when you meet the one who is considered the greatest legend in your sport in history, it is clear that you get a little extra nervous. It was not as easy to fall asleep then. It was in Melbourne a few years ago, and then I remember that we sat in a large cafe where all the players sit to eat," Ruud said.
"When Roger Federer came in, it was completely quiet and everyone turned around. Now the legend is here." The World No. 27 added that the Big 3 - Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - command a tremendous amount of respect among the players, not only on the court but off it as well.
"These three legends, they look taller than they might be. They are probably around 1.85 meters, but it may seem that they are two meters because of the respect you have for them," Ruud said. The year’s first Grand Slam will be staged within the safe environs of a bio-bubble and as part of the protocol announced for the event, the players would have to observe 14 days of hard quarantine.
During the mandatory isolation period, the players won’t have the liberty to go anywhere apart from their hotels rooms and practice/training facilities.