The years do not go by in vain and the Big Three of tennis, that historical trio made up of Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, is gradually giving ground to the new generations. None of them will play this Sunday the final of the 1,000 Monte Carlo Masters, the first on clay of the season.
Federer has not been able to appear in Monaco due to the physical problems that he has dragged on since last year, Djokovic fell in the second round against a stupid tennis player like Dan Evans and Nadal could not in the quarterfinals with the very intoned Andrey Rublev.
This series of events marks a milestone that has not occurred since 2016: that none of the members of the Big Three have played at least one of the last three Masters 1,000 tournament finals. And it is that they did not manage to reach the last duel in Miami last month (it was between Hurkacz and Sinner), nor in Paris at the end of 2019 (that was starred by Medvedev and Zverev).
Bad streak like five years ago, when they were absent in Cincinnati (Cilic beat Murray), Shanghai (Murray to Bautista) and Paris (Murray to Isner). Law of life and sooner or later these things will become a common trend, but after decades of fierce dictatorship of these three gamers, it is still news to see them out of the fight for the titles in stages of this level.
During a recent interview, his old friend Yves Allegro talked about Federer's future.
Allegro on Roger Federer's future
“I don't expect Roger Federer to be at his best. He's never been in this situation and has been away from tennis for so long.
Thanks to his game intelligence, Roger can beat many opponents, even if he is not 100%" said Yves Allegro, who also insists that a few losses will not shake his life and his goals. Other champions have experienced this in the past: “When Sampras lost to Bastl in the second round at Wimbledon in 2002, everyone thought it was over.
And three months later, Sampras won the US Open. As long as a great player like Roger plays and believes in it, he can win tournaments." Roger Federer, the winner of a record 20 Grand Slams, has several achievements in his CV that point to his unparalleled excellence.
The 39-year-old has the longest streak of Grand Slams finals reached, at 10, and is also the only player to win two Grand Slams five consecutive times - Wimbledon in 2003-07 and the US Open in 2004-08. There are a few relatively lesser-known feats notched up by Roger Federer that are perhaps just as impressive.
Those include having appeared in at least seven finals at three different Slams, and winning at least one title on each of the three surfaces in a season eight times in his career.