The dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic is arguably unmatched in the history of modern sport. The Big 3 have conquered the beauty of 57 Grand Slam titles, also preventing many excellent players from winning what they deserved for talent and dedication.
The Swiss and the Spaniard are currently paired at 20 Majors, three points clear of world number 1 Novak Djokovic. The Serbian phenomenon, who paid a very high price for the sensational disqualification at the US Open, however, has a very good chance of breaking the all-time record of weeks at the top of the ATP ranking.
Djokovic and Nadal will return to battle at the Australian Open from 8 February, while we will have to wait a little longer to see Federer back on the pitch. Carlos Alcaraz, one of the brightest prospects for the future, has never hidden his admiration for the three sacred monsters.
The Iberian recently became the first player born in 2003 to break the pass for the main draw in a Grand Slam. Interviewed by Marca, the pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero reiterated his intention to reach the top of the standings.
Alcaraz on his passion for the Big 3
"Yes, quite a few times," Carlos Alcaraz said. "But above all, when I watch videos of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the Australian final, or Rafa and Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, I have imagined playing those kind of historic matches."
Carlos Alcaraz is one of the 72 players who have been put into hard quarantine following the multiple positive COVID-19 tests on the chartered flights to Melbourne. The 17-year-old revealed that the lockdown experience was 'overwhelming' at first, but that he has now gotten used to it.
"It was overwhelming at the beginning when I thought about the days that I had left to be inside the room. I didn't know if I was going to be able to hold out. Now I handle it well," Carlos Alcaraz said. Alcaraz then went on to list the activities he has been keeping himself busy with during this period of isolation.
"I am always trying to be positive," the 17-year-old said. "I do things all the time, physical, I study to get a driver's license, I speak in English with a friend, the teacher, video calls with my parents, with my friends, with the people of Murcia.
If you have little free time, everything goes faster." The Australian Open 2021 is receiving a lot of bad press on account of its quarantine conditions. Recently, the retired German legend Boris Becker questioned the fairness and reasonability of the ‘Happy Slam’ organizers.
Firstly, the decision to have separate two bubbles, for elite players and others, didn’t sit well with everyone. Then a lockdown on players whose planes had COVID positive cases caused a lot of displeasure.