Gabriel Jaramillo: "Surfaces were leveled to help the Big 3"
by LORENZO CIOTTI | VIEW 7265
During a long interview with Punto de Break, the well-known coach Gabriel Jaramillo illustrated how the standardization of surfaces has helped the Big 3 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, to remain competitive.
He said: "Surfaces were leveled out around the mid-2000s, when the Big 3 was starting to dominate. This move was aimed at allowing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to compete against each other every week. The three monsters had the ability to transcend tennis, managing to attract even non-regular spectators.
Tournaments on the circuit live above all on this. If the surface had been too fast, there was a risk of Rafa Nadal's premature exit. On the contrary, if the ground had been too slow, Roger Federer might have been in trouble.
The idea was that they could face each other very frequently. It was the only way to keep people glued to the television." Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have broken every possible and imaginable record, leaving only the crumbs to their opponents.
The Big 3 season till now
These first months of 2022 have given us many emotions and twists. Rafael Nadal left everyone speechless by winning the Australian Open, after coming back two sets of disadvantage to Daniil Medvedev in the final.
The 35-year-old Spaniard has thus surpassed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings of the Majors, as well as becoming the fourth man in history to have won all the Grand Slams at least twice. Djokovic, for his part, paid a very high price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
The world number 1 won just two games in 2022 and suffered serious reputational damage from the Australian soap opera. The 34-year-old from Belgrade hopes to regain pace and confidence in view of Roland Garros, where he will be called upon to defend the title he won last year.
The situation regarding Federer is different, recovering from yet another operation on his right knee. The Swiss champion hopes to return in late summer or early autumn.