Roger Federer shares with Rafael Nadal -20 each- the historic top of Grand Slam titles, which is the next goal of the Belgrade tennis player. "After having more weeks as number one now I am going for the big ones", warns Novak Djokovic, convalescing from a muscle tear in the abdominal since the third round in Australia and who is spending these days a medical check-up in Belgrade.
Nole, who flew directly from Melbourne to Marbella to have a few days off with his family, has announced the closest schedule to him, contingent on his recovery. It goes through playing the TMS of Miami (March 24 to April 4) and Monte Carlo (April 11 to 18) and the obligation to be at the Belgrade Open 250 (April 19 to 25) because it is played in his hometown and at his club, the Novak Tennis Center.
USA's Frances Tiafoe recently shared his thoughts on how the Next Gen could displace the 'Big 3' - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - from the top echelons of the sport. Speaking to Argentina's leading sports daily Ole, Tiafoe assured that the youngsters will be able to bridge the gap between themselves and the famed trio in a few years.
Tiafoe on the rivalry between Federer, Nadal and Djokovic
During the interview, Frances Tiafoe also highlighted the current rivalry between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the 'undisputed greatest' status, insisting that tennis fans will miss the trio dearly once they hang up their racquets.
"However, this moment is unique. We are not going to witness another with three players who play so well and dominate for so long. It will be tough when they retire," Tiafoe admitted. The trio of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have monopolized the Grand Slams for well over a decade, and continue to dominate even when they're past their peak.
And while there are several Next Gen players on the tour who are impressive, none of them have been able to deliver on the big stage. The Miami Open 2021 will be the first ATP 1000 series tournament of the year. Yet, due to its proximity to the clay season and several injury hurdles, some big players are absent from the tournament.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Dominic Thiem are the top 10 players who will be missing from the flagship event. Roger Federer is the defending champion in Miami. He won the last 2019 edition defeating John Isner in the finals.
But in 2021, Federer made his return to tennis after 13 months out because of injury. The return wasn’t a happy one as he lost in the second round of the ATP 250 event in Doha, Qatar.