Bhupathi: "Roger Federer is the one who jokes the most off the court"



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Bhupathi: "Roger Federer is the one who jokes the most off the court"

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic from 2003 until today collected 60 Slams in three. Thanks to the sixth triumph at Wimbledon last Sunday, the Serbian phenomenon has hooked his eternal rivals at an altitude of 20, with the greedy opportunity to further increase the show already at the US Open.

In fact, being the youngest of the Big 3, the number 1 in the world still seems to have a margin in the coming years, while the same cannot be said for the Swiss and the Spanish. At the age of 40, King Roger now seems close to swan song, also due to the double operation on his right knee which he underwent in 2020.

Rafa, for his part, remains competitive at the highest levels, but his worn out physique needs frequent stops to avoid injuries. In a recent interview with the Times of India, 12-time Doubles Grand Slam Champion Mahesh Bhupathi praised the behavior of the Big 3 both on and off the court.

The Big 3 have totaled 60 Grand Slams

The Indian said: "Off the court, Roger Federer has a warm and friendly attitude to both his fans and other players in the locker room. There is no tennis player, coach or insider with whom you don't say goodbye and chat with us.

He likes to joke around in the locker room and discuss sports matters. Rafael Nadal is probably the humble, down-to-earth champion he has ever interacted with. The respect and courtesy he shows to everyone off the pitch do not reflect the warrior instinct he displays on the court.

The Big 3 have raised the bar to unthinkable levels, as well as giving us the golden age for men's tennis. I was the first to have a front row seat to watch this fantastic show." n case of US Open triumph, Nole would perform the Calendar Grand Slam for the first time since Rod Laver.

In the year 2021, Djokovic could close the Grand Slam: 19 of the 20 Slam titles Djokovic has won in less than a decade, from the 2011 Australian Open to Wimbledon 2021; winning in New York he would average two majors a year spread over ten years.

Djokovic is the only one to have won at least twice every Grand Slam and every Masters 1000, he is ahead in head-to-head matches with Nadal (30-28) and Federer (27-23), but he has beaten them several times in Paris and London.