'I'm not just talking about Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic', says former star



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'I'm not just talking about Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic', says former star

The dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has had a huge impact on the modern age of men's tennis, preventing many excellent players from winning what they deserved. The Big 3 have conquered the beauty of 57 Grand Slam titles, in addition to breaking any record even in the Masters 1000.

Suffice it to say that Dominic Thiem had to wait until the US Open 2020 to become the first player born in the 90s to conquer a Major. The Austrian was facilitated by the absence of Federer and Nadal, without forgetting the sensational disqualification of Djokovic due to an accidental blow to a line judge.

Among those who deserved to win Slam there is certainly Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, capable of reaching only one final at the Australian Open way back in 2008. During a very long interview with 'GQ Magazine', the former French tennis star Nicolas Escude recalled his collaboration with Tsonga and analyzed what did not allow Jo to make a further qualitative leap at the highest level.

Escude on working with Tsonga

"I worked with him for two years. And of course he has the potential, but he's not the only one. And I'm not just talking about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. They are numerous.

Thiem won one after playing three finals, Zverev made it to the final. In the last 10-15 years, when you look at the players who were able to win a grand slam outside the trio and Andy Murray, there is Cilic, Stan (Wawrinka, editor's note).

You have to be able to position yourself so that, at some point, if the window does manage to open, you can enter it. If I say “2022, I prepare myself, I will win Roland”. OK but what do I put in place? What will my results be before? What will my results be against the best? How will my game evolve? By dint of being in confrontation on all the tournaments with the best, on ATP 250, 500 or 1000 tournaments, if I make each time quarter-finals, semi-finals, that I progress against them, that I continue to 'Believe it, well, if the door opens, I'll be there, not far away.

I think Gaël, like Jo, could have been those but there were players outside the Big Four who were stronger than them. Simply" - Nicolas Escude said. Recently, there was a positive development regarding Federer’s return on Tour. The Swiss ace will be seen at the ATP Doha 250, which begins on the 8th of March.