Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal have been coping with the many ailments due to age in recent years, failing to be continuous with their performances and participations. The Swiss took part in just 5 competitions in 2021 and is back under the knife in the last few months, wanting to give himself another real chance next year to take off new satisfactions.
The Spaniard was stopped by a foot injury, which forced him to forfeit the remainder of the programming after Washington. The announced goal of him is now to better manage the physique to extend his career. They have dominated far and wide in the new millennium and now their absences, unfortunately more frequent in various tournaments (including prestigious ones, such as Masters 1000), are always making headlines, creating various debates between fans and professionals.
The two share an incredible record: together with Novak Djokovic, they hold the highest number of Grand Slam titles won (as many as 20). In 2022, all three will try to reach the fateful level 21 first, thus writing another page in tennis history.
Paolo Bertolucci on Federer and Nadal
The ATP Tour will certainly suffer a severe blow when the Big Three stop being professional tennis players. A day that could be close, as well as very far away; probably the purpose of the movement is not to make the three champions miss too much.
From Daniil Medvedev to StefanosTsitsipas and Alexander Zverev, without forgetting the Italians Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner, will have to take the stage further and give a show in the coming years , trying to expand the growth of the discipline.
The former Italian player Paolo Bertolucci commented precisely on the absences of Roger and Rafa: "They are two extraordinary players and much loved by the public, but the years pass for everyone and the physical ailments are making them less competitive" he said in an interview released.
in Adnkronos. "I'm sorry not to see them on the pitch so often, but that's normal. We will have to get used to seeing them less and less, it has already happened with champions like Borg, McEnroe, Sampras," he concluded.