The Big 3 have been the benchmarks of the men’s circuit for the past 15 years, having monopolized the highlights of the season like no one else in the history of tennis. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal currently share an all-time record of 20 Grand Slams, while Novak Djokovic presses them to 19 after his recent Roland Garros triumph.
As the youngest of the three, many believe that the Serbian star will end his career with the most majors on the board. The Big 3 were also part of the ATP Players Council, with the Swiss and the Spaniard still holding their respective positions.
Nole instead left to form the PTPA, a new association that aims to protect the interests of players at the expense of tournaments. Not surprisingly, this initiative has immediately created friction between the ATP and the same number 1 in the world.
In a press conference during Wimbledon, Nole explained that his goal is to leave a legacy that goes beyond winning on the pitch.
Novak Djokovic on the Big 3
“I hope that us 3 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic himself) and our generation can inspire other tennis players on and off the court,” Djokovic said.
“We 3 have been in the player council: Federer and Nadal still are, I was there for 10 years. This shows our desire to engage on some issues that are not only about hitting the tennis ball, but about other things that are part of our ecosystem off the court as well.
It’s something I’d like to see from the younger generation of future leaders of men’s tennis.” According to the Serb, Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev have displayed the necessary qualities in that regard.
The 19-time Major champion also believes Stefanos Tsitsipas has good potential given he is “smart and versatile.” “Zverev shows that (to care for the sport outside the tennis courts as well) and Medvedev also has these tendencies,” said the Serb.
“Tsitsipas is also a very smart guy, very interesting and versatile. I think tennis is in good hands when it comes to next generation.” Roger Federer recently got eliminated from the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Facing Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals, he suffered a humiliating defeat as the Polish player crushed him in straight sets.
Interestingly, he even bagel’d the Swiss maestro in the last set, winning the match 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-0. Federer probably missed his last chance of winning a Grand Slam with his exit in the quarters of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. This might even prove to be the last Wimbledon for him as he’ll be 40 next month.
Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open
Taro Daniel had the Australian Open crowd inside the John Cain Arena in stitches during his on-court interview after beating Andy Murray for his honest assessment of the shock win. Murray rolled back the years on Monday when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.
In 2019, Murray looked as though he was bowing out of the sport in a tearful press conference.
But three years later, he bounced back with a strong win against the No 21 seed.
An easier test was expected against Japan’s Daniel, who had never gone past the second round of a major in his career.
The 28-year-old had built up some momentum after coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set and defeated Chile’s Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the first round.
Murray was expected to provide a tougher test for Daniel, but the three-time major champion was far from his best.
While Murray was guilty of making a host of unforced errors, Daniel’s workrate and movement across the baseline was causing his opponent all sorts of problems.
Murray’s head dropped after going 2-0 down as he failed to take advantage of a few great opportunities.
And the former world No 1 even uncharacteristically smashed his racket to the floor before Daniel served for the match.
The Japanese tennis star was elated after winning the match with a serve-and-volley with the crowd jumping out their seats.
“It’s amazing,” Daniel said.
“Winning a match like this hear with a lot of people, especially after Covid playing without crowds and suddenly I’m able to play this big match. It’s unbelievable.
Emma Raducanu urged to ‘turn off’ voices like Piers Morgan after torrent of criticism
EMMA RADUCANU must “turn off” outside voices of criticism from the likes of Piers Morgan, Express.co.uk was told.
Raducanu has defeated her first opponent, the American Sloane Stephens, for a spot in the Australian Open second round. In what was her senior debut in Melbourne, the US Open champion won 6-0, 2-6 and 6-1 against Stephens, a former winner in New York. The Briton played sharply as she wrapped up the first set in 17 minutes before minor errors crept into her game.
Stephens took advantage of this to level but Raudcanu soon reasserted control to win.
The 19-year-old will now face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in the second round today.
Raducanu has had something of a meteoric rise, having spent the beginning of 2021 studying hard for her A-level exams.
Now, however, she is British No 1, and looks set for a stellar career should she replicate her historic win in the US last year.
Rafael Nadal blasted Novak Djokovic tantrum: ‘Not the best’
RAFAEL NADAL took aim at Novak Djokovic over a furious on-court meltdown last year.
Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title continues today. Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all currently tied on 20 Grand Slams. In his 18-and-a-half year career, this is the first Grand Slam where the Spaniard has not had fellow immortals Federer or Djokovic to contend with. The stars appear to be aligning for Nadal, with the significance of the elusive 21st title scarcely overstated.
His quest for Australian Open glory sees him face Russia’s 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the third round today.
Federer looks unlikely to add to his collection — he turns 41 in August and has just had a third major knee operation.
Djokovic’s future, meanwhile, remains uncertain. Following his bitter legal fight with the Australian government, both the French and US Open appear to be leaning towards a strict policy that prevents unvaccinated players from competing.
The Serbian is reported to be in talks with lawyers to sue the Australian government for £3.2million for “ill treatment”.
Though Nadal refused to bask in Djokovic’s deportation from Australia, he has criticised his Serbian counterpart in recent months.
During last summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic had numerous meltdowns in his bronze medal match defeat to Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
He lost his cool twice in the deciding set, throwing his racket into the empty stands and then smashing another into the net post shortly afterwards.
Though Nadal did not compete in Tokyo, he admitted he would have expected better from the world number one.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Citi Open in Washington in August, he said: “Luckily there were no people in the stands and nothing else happened, but hey, they are things that happen from time to time.