Over the decades, tennis has evolved and not a little. One of the great difficulties in the - probably useless - effort to identify at all costs the greatest player in history (the famous 'GOAT'), as often happens among the fans, lies precisely in this: it is not simple and perhaps it is not even it is right to compare different eras, since technology makes giant strides with each passing year (especially in the third millennium).
According to many, for example, the very Spanish champion Rafael Nadal would have found considerable difficulties in taking the field with wooden rackets, as these would have prevented him from playing his famous topspin.
However, his rival Roger Federer did not agree with this, as revealed in the book 'Acting and thinking like Roger Federer' Lorenzo Sonego recently spoke about the opportunity that all the players had at the Miami Open, where Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were all absent.
Sonego also opined that Daniil Medvedev is the strongest and the most consistent player on the ATP tour after the 'Big 3'
Sonego reflects on the absence of the Big 3
"Not having them around, let's say it's a nice relief," Lorenzo Sonego said.
"A bit like when as a child you can have your home free to celebrate." When asked who he saw as the new leader on the circuit in the absence of the Big 3, Lorenzo Sonego was quick to pick Daniil Medvedev. "I would say Daniil Medvedev, he has already overtaken Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (in the rankings)," Sonego said.
"Among the new players, he is certainly the strongest and the most consistent." Recently, Novak Djokovic broke yet another milestone. He surpassed his arch-rival Roger Federer in holding the number one ranking in the game for the most number of weeks by any player.
He even considered this feat as one of his greatest achievements in his career so far. The recently crowned Australian Open champion stated, “The historic achievement was of course very fulfilling for me, for my family.
It’s probably the biggest achievement I’ve had in my career. It’s an accumulation of all the years of success and hard work… I was very happy to be able to stay close to my family and share the joy with them”.
Djokovic won his ninth Australian Open title in Melbourne this season. In doing so, he took his Grand Slam count to 18 titles and is two shy of equalling the tally of the two legends of the game, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.