The evil wizard has raged against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. And it is not Covid this time that stops them a step away from red earth and blue earth. Everything revolves around two tournaments. The one in Melbourne, which has just finished, and the one in Rotterdam, which must start on Monday 1 March.
Before the ATP tournament in Australia, which was later won by Djokovic over Medvedev, Federer raised the white flag. One of the 'big guys' on the world circuit had to say goodbye to commitment. He reluctantly remained in his Switzerland to treat an annoying knee injury that left him no other decision to make is already since June 2020, when the Swiss athlete underwent surgery, he fights against the bitter reality of a right knee from cure.
And he creates anxieties and expectations. Marin Cilic recently spoke at length about Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, highlighting the similarities and the differences in their playing styles. During a recent conversation with Straits Times, Cilic pointed out that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have a similar in-game mentality.
Marin Cilic talks about the Big 3
"I would say for example, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are pretty similar in their intensity regarding they play every single point like it's a match point," Marin Cilic said.
"Not saying that Roger Federer isn't (intense), but Roger is more focused on change of pace, change of speed," Cilic said. "He's having to rely a lot of his game - on a fast game, great serve, great forehand, you know, just mixing up the game and playing aggressive tennis and also playing fast.
I will change the attribute fast to athletic, very athletic tennis in terms of stepping inside the court, coming to the net, being really really quick with his movements. His sharpness is incredible." The Croat opined that he has a more holistic understanding of the debate, explaining how success is defined differently for each individual.
"You know let's say at the end of their careers it doesn't matter Novak Djokovic, Rafa or Roger is having the most Grand Slams," Cilic said. "I think it's gonna matter in the history of books, who had the most of Grand Slams, but, you know, they're all individuals.
And we all value our success differently. You know, for me, having one slam and having this great career I had, it's still incredibly good. And it's not easy to compare generations because it's been different tennis, different rivalries, you know, it's a lot of things different."