In the press conference during the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, Stan Wawrinka praised the Big 3 of men's tennis, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Stan said: "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were a huge source of inspiration for me as I was growing up, because they were nothing short of exceptional.
They have managed to do things that all other players can hardly dream of. I have always admired them. The two of them and Novak Djokovic fall into a separate category." The Serbian champion is preparing to make his debut in Monte Carlo: "Obviously I miss the competition.
I can't wait to compete with young talents and with all the best for the most important trophies. The last few months have been difficult for me mentally and emotionally. I am happy to be here, I grew up on clay and last year’s Roland Garros win is still fresh in my memory.
I try to draw inspiration from this." Despite having only played three official matches in 2022, Nole remained at the top of the ATP rankings thanks to Daniil Medvedev's missteps in Indian Wells and Miami.
The Big 3 and the Slam Race
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are widely recognized as the best players of any era.
The Spanish champion has hoisted himself to 21 Majors, after having accomplished a memorable feat at the Australian Open. Arriving and Melbourne without great expectations, the 35-year-old from Manacor beat the competition by winning his second 'Down Under' title.
The Iberian came back two sets behind Daniil Medvedev in the final, undermining his opponent's certainties just when the Russian seemed one step away from the finish line. Djokovic was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue, which also caused serious damage to his image.
Strict US regulations forced him to skip the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000s as well. The situation regarding Federer is different, recovering from yet another operation on his right knee. The 40-year-old from Basel hopes to return in late summer or early autumn.