Great rivalries have always fueled fans passion for tennis. In recent years, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have given birth to some of the most exciting challenges in history. Just remember the Wimbledon finals of 2008 and 2019 won by Rafa and Nole against Roger, or that of the Australian Open 2017, won By Roger against Rafa.
Suffice it to say that the three, despite the many seasons spent at the top, are still the best players of the ATP Tour. Moreover, the fight for the Grand Slam primacy becomes more exciting year after year. The Swiss and the Spaniard have won 20 Grand Slam tournaments each; the Serbian is instead stopped at 17.
Tennis TV made an interesting reportage in which it asked each player to identify their biggest rival.
Tennis players point to their greatest rival
"I have to say Roger Federer,” said Nadal . "When I started playing in the major circuit, he was there: he was already the best.
We have walked the same path together all these years." . Djokovic was clear and answered without thinking for a second: "Rafael Nadal" Dominic Thiem, who won his first major at the US Open in 2020, made two names instead.
"I would say Rafa and Sascha (Alexander Zverev, ed). With them I played the hardest and most exciting games of my career. Really long games, finals in Grand Slam tournaments and Masters 1000." Of the same opinion is Alexander Zverev: "Without a doubt Thiem.
Against him I have played the most important matches so far, whether they are Grand Slam finals or finals of a Masters 1000 event. I believe that in the future we will continue to have these kinds of challenges." It then fell to Diego Schwartzman and Daniil Medvedev to express their opinion: "I think Dominic Thiem.
We played incredible games, under different circumstances. We also met in Argentina and Austria," replied the Argentine. "My biggest rival is Stefanos Tsitsipas. We have always played very tense matches, but these are the characteristics that a real rivalry must have," explained the Russian.
To close the service, the Japanese Kei Nishikori took care of it: " think it was David Ferrer. He taught me so much. He plays tennis similar to mine and even though we never stopped talking about it, he taught me a lot on the court. I will always be grateful to him for this."