Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic totaled 57 slams overall, having shown monstrous consistency despite advancing age and the rise of numerous young promises. The Swiss and the Spanish are paired for 20 Majors each, after the 34-year-old from Manacor won Roland Garros for the 13th time in his career in October last year.
The number 1 in the world is still at 17 Slam, also thanks to the sensational disqualification remedied at the US Open and the clear defeat in the final at Roland Garros at the hands of Nadal. According to almost all the insiders, in 2021 the Big 3 will still be the men to beat, even if the Next Gen seem ever closer to taking over.
In a press conference after the first round of the Australian Open, Nick Kyrgios was asked to make a comparison between Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. The Australian, who had the opportunity to face all three, produced a fairly accurate analysis in this regard.
Kyrgios pays tribute to Roger Federer
"Me personally, I played them all" - Nick Kyrgios said. "I actually think Andy Murray for me was tougher than Novak to play. I have only played Novak Djokovic twice. I have played Andy six times and I'm 1-5.
Rafael Nadal, I actually think, I match up quite well against Nadal. I can serve big and play kind of the right style of tennis to be successful against him. Styles make fights in tennis. All the matchups are different. Roger Federer's chopped me a couple of times.
Roger makes you feel like you're really bad at tennis sometimes. He walks around, he flicks his head, and I'm, like, I don't even know what I'm doing out here. Roger is the greatest, for me. But Novak, obviously what he's doing now, look, I'm just watching him play Chardy and Chardy doesn't even believe that he can win, and when you reach that status, you must be pretty good”.
When Djokovic was serving the Australian Open 2021 quarantine, he sent out a set of suggestions to the authorities for changes in the bubble. This didn’t go down well with a lot of Australians, and Kyrgios was also not happy.
Kyrgios called Djokovic a ‘tool’, an Australian slang meaning ‘idiot’. “Djokovic is a tool. I don’t mind Bernie, but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes,” the Aussie player tweeted.
Djokovic doesn’t pay heed to Kyrgios’ comments. The Serbian even went ahead and said that off the court he has no respect for Kyrgios.