As well as making tennis history, the Big 3 have demonstrated a longevity unmatched by very few in the modern sport. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are still riding the crest of the wave albeit with their respective grievances.
The Serb paid a heavy price for his decision not to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as he was unable to play the Australian Open earlier this year. The former world No. 1 did not shine at Roland Garros and is yet to have any Slams this season.
The speech is different in relation to Nadal, author of a first part from 2022 that is downright extraordinary. The Spanish champions have 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 should remain in the annals. For his part, Roger Federer is recovering from another operation on his right knee. The Basel legend will not return until the Laver Cup, which will be held at London’s O2 Arena at the end of September.
In a press conference during the Wimbledon tournament, Richard Gasquet shared a curious anecdote about the Big 3 from 2007.
Gasquet opens the Big 3
In his book, which is a delight, Richard Gasquet is his first half at Wimbledon in 2007.
He conjures up an almost improbable and, above all, particularly striking scene. We thought it would be useful to talk about him this Saturday as he tries to reach the knockout stages. “I will remember for the rest of my life this moment when after the morning warm-up, more than four of us were sitting in the huge dressing room and we were sitting very close together: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and… the little guy from Serignan.
While Djokovic wasn’t quite the monster he was meant to be, the picture it gives says something about my performance, seeing him sitting between two legends he was about to join makes me think this isn’t that easy to win will be.
It’s as if my spirit left my body to photograph this moment of living with the greatest, today weighted with 61 Grand Slam titles. Strange!” Novak Djokovic said that he is open to changes in tennis to suit the ever-changing world.
“Who could have guessed here at Wimbledon that they would allow players to train at the Central Stadium before the start of the tournament? I bet Goran (coach) that maybe in the future they will allow a little bit of paint on the gear and he says there’s no chance. I’m open to changes that can help popularize it,” Djokovic said.