In a press conference during the Wimbledon tournament, Richard Gasquet told a curious anecdote about the Big 3 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, dating back to 2015. Richard told: "I will never forget that moment when, after warming up in the morning, I entered the locker room and there were Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic very close to each other.
I was the fourth person in that room. Even though Djokovic was still far from the other two at the Grand Slam level, I immediately understood that he would become a sacred monster of the sport. The rest is history." Recently, Thanasi Kokkinakis praised the three sacred monsters of the men's Tour: "They manage to be super effective in different ways.
Nadal is a beast from a physical point of view, I immediately realized that I could not compete with him. Federer is the most elegant of them all, while Djokovic is a kind of wall. It takes 4-5 full-arm accelerations to get the point."
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In addition to making tennis history, the Big 3 have demonstrated a longevity that has very few equals in modern sport. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still on the top, albeit with their respective ailments.
The Serbian paid a heavy price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, not having been able to play the Australian Open at the beginning of the year. The former world number 1 did not shine at Roland Garros and is still short of slams this season.
The speech relating to Nadal is different, author of a first part of 2022 that is nothing short of exceptional. The Spanish champion has conquered the first two majors of the season, leaving everyone speechless at both the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
The sensational comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the Happy Slam final is destined to remain in the annals. Roger Federer, for his part, is recovering from yet another operation on his right knee. The Basel legend will not return until the Laver Cup, which will be staged at London's O2 Arena in late September.