Digby: "The difference between the Big 3 and the others is..."

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Digby: "The difference between the Big 3 and the others is..."

Although Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are not protagonists on the court, the three champions remain one of the main arguments of the insiders. While the Monte Carlo tournament is in progress, the Big Three, for different reasons, are not among the contenders for the title: a rusty Novak Djokovic, in the second tournament of the year, was defeated on his debut by semifinalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in three set.

Rafa Nadal is continuing his recovery path after his rib injury at Indian wells and will certainly miss the Barcelona tournament as well. Roger Federer, on the other hand, has now been stopped since May 2021 due to a knee injury and his long-term hospitalization does not yet provide a return date.

Sparring partner Mike Digby, who trained with all three, shared a few anecdotes in a podcast speech and revealed what impressed him about the three legends.

"I was impressed by their ability to play under pressure"

Digby, who has trained with the likes of Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, explained in a recent episode of The Tennis Files Podcast what makes elite players different from lower-ranked ones.

"When you become a top 100, top 200 player, anyone can play tennis. Everyone can hit a forehand, everyone can hit a backhand, everyone is athletic enough, everyone can serve well enough, everyone can respond well enough.

But the players who are most successful are the ones who can compete best. And I think that strengthening himself on a daily basis, having a competitive environment and understanding what it means to compete, even for the top 100 players, is what allows him to win games," said the Brit.

Digby then pointed out that the most impressed him than the Big 3. "I'm incredibly impressed with Nadal's forehand, Federer's forehand, Djokovic's backhands, but I'm more impressed with their ability to do all of this under pressure, under extreme pressure.

”Explained the coach. The sparring partner then added: "Those like Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, have the bases both on and off the pitch nailed. So this allows them to be a little more creative at certain times. There is no need to complicate things too much, as long as the foundations are done very, very well."