'They’re getting closer to Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic', says former Top 5

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'They’re getting closer to Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic', says former Top 5

Roger Federer is not only the king of tennis, but also of social distance. The Swiss seems to do everything well, even off the pitch. When a fan approached him to ask for a photo with the wrong mask on, the tennis player had a reaction that set the example and went viral on social networks.

The ATP is one of the sports federations that has taken the most measures to combat COVID-19 and keep it away from its competitions, and its stars lead by example. In Dubai a fan approached the Swiss, who knows the protocol to the letter.

She checked that his own chinstrap was well placed and asked the man to keep his distance so that he could take a picture with him. Away from the competitions for 405 days, Federer returned to compete in Qatar but left Dubai to continue training and recovering in the best way after a series of surgeries on his knee.

He returned Roger Federer after 13 months of absence and he did it with victory “It was great to be back on the track. I loved every minute of playing in Doha. A big thank you to the best and loyal team that helped me get here.

I decided that it is better to go back to training and as a result I decided to withdraw from Dubai,” said the Swiss. US Open finalist Greg Rusedski recently spoke to sports website iNews about how the homogenization of surfaces over the last few years has helped Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer maintain their advantage over the younger players.

Rusedski, who himself played in an era which was largely one-dimensional as it was dominated by serve-and-volley, believes the surfaces play too similarly these days. The Brit called for a return to quicker surfaces in order to reduce the predictability in the men's game right now.

Rusedski on Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

"I think the problem is you had three of the all-time greats at the same time," Greg Rusedski said. "And unless they change the court speed [that won’t change]."

The Brit believes that while no player is likely to scale the heights that Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have in their careers, tennis might be in fairly safe hands going forward. Rusedski named Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev as the players who could take the reins from the Big 3 in the years to come.

"I think they’re getting closer, but the problem is that Australia has always been Novak Djokovic's tournament," Rusedski said. "He's won it nine times. The French Open: you might as well just write the cheque to Rafael Nadal now. No player is ever going to get that record of 13. But Rublev, Tsitsipas, Medvedev, they are knocking."