Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have monopolized men’s tennis like no one has ever done before them in the history of the sport. The Swiss and the Spaniard are currently tied with 20 Slams each, thanks to another triumph achieved by the Mallorcan at Roland Garros last October.
The 33-year-old Serb, who recently broke the all-time record for weeks at the top of the ATP rankings, meanwhile rose to 18 Majors thanks to the success of the 2021 Australian Open about a month and a half ago.
Federer, for his part, had to miss most of last season due to double right knee surgery. The Basel phenomenon returned to Doha a few weeks ago, where he could not go beyond the quarter-finals.
In a recent interview with the portal “iNews”, former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski explained how excessive surface homogenization has benefited Big 3 players in their attempt to stay on top for a long time. .In particular, the British called for a return to faster and more diverse surfaces.
Rusedski on the homogenization of surfaces
“I think the problem is you’ve had three of the greatest of all time at the same time,” said Greg Rusedski.
“And unless they change the speed of the pitch … [cette domination ne changera pas]. “The Briton claimed that each tournament taking place at roughly the same speed meant that Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer didn’t need to make too many adjustments to their game.
“It’s medium, medium-slow [partout]”Rusedski added.” And that has given the Big 3 players a huge advantage because with every tournament they participate in, there aren’t any big tweaks that are necessary.
The difference now [pour les joueurs de la prochaine génération] is that you don’t have to consecutively beat Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic [pour gagner un Chelem] Rusedski said.
Rusedski has named Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev as the players who could take the reins after the Big 3 in the years to come. “I think they’re getting closer, but the problem is Australia has always been Novak Djokovic’s tournament,” Rusedski said.
“He won it nine times. For Roland Garros: you might as well fill in the check in Rafael Nadal’s name now. No player will ever get this record of 13. But Rublev, Tsitsipas, Medvedev, they’re coming.”
Even though Novak Djokovic is not playing at the Miami Open 2021 for personal reasons, he will be back on court for clay competitions soon. As the clay court season approaches, Djokovic will surely want to make his mark. Will he be able to stun Rafael Nadal and win the 2021 Roland Garros title?
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