Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have together won 60 Grand Slam titles. The Big 3 have become true tennis legends to the sound of records and over the years have given birth to numerous epic matches that have thrilled the whole world of sport.
Their dominance in Grand Slam tournaments has reached unimaginable heights. Suffice it to say that since 2004, only eight players outside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal have managed to reach the most coveted milestone. They are Gaston Gaudio (Roland Garros 2004), Marat Safin (Australian Open 2005), Juan Martin Del Potro (US Open 2009), Andy Murray (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013, 2016), Stan Wawrinka (Australian Open 2014, Roland Garros 2015, US Open 2016), Marin Cilic (US Open 2014), Dominic Thiem (US Open 2020) and Daniil Medvedev (US Open 2021).
Volandri: "There will never be an era like this again"
The fight for the Grand Slam primacy is certainly one of the reasons that pushes Federer, Djokovic and Nadal to work hard every day to reach their maximum level and remain competitive despite the numerous successes already achieved.
On more than one occasion this year, some of the biggest international events have had to do without three tennis stars at the same time, the latest being the Indian Wells Masters 1000. Federer and Nadal have in fact closed their season prematurely; while Djokovic will return to the court at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy.
Injuries aside, time is passing also for the Big 3, who have become increasingly attentive and who carefully choose the calendar to follow. Filippo Volandri, the new captain of the Italian Davis Cup team, spoke about this change in an exclusive interview with the newspaper La Repubblica.
"World tennis is changing fast, there will never be an era like that of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic. It is a very important opportunity that we can, we must seize. We will make it but with work", explained the former Italian tennis player.