While still competitive at the highest levels, the Big 3 have reached the final stage of their respective careers. Novak Djokovic occupies the top of the world rankings at the age of 33, in addition to having won his ninth title at the Australian Open in early 2021.
Over the past few seasons, the Serbian champion has decided to turn his attention mainly to the Grand Slams, with the aim of equaling and surpassing his eternal rivals in the all-time ranking. Rafael Nadal has had a lot of difficulties up to now, also thanks to an annoying back problem that has limited his performance.
The 34-year-old Spaniard knows he has Roland Garros on his side, despite the increasingly fierce competition. In the event of a 14th triumph in Paris, Rafa would reach 21 Grand Slams, overtaking his eternal rival Roger Federer for the first time.
The latter will go hunting for the last seal at Wimbledon in the summer, without forgetting the Tokyo Olympics well etched in his mind. At a press conference in Rome, Djokovic underlined how the generational change is inevitable in any area of life.
"The results clearly show that younger kids are winning a lot more than before. Of course, this is facilitated by the fact that at their age they can play almost every week. There are players like Tsitsipas, Zverev, Medvedev, Berrettini and Rublev who play several tournaments and quickly climb the rankings," analyzed the 18-time Grand Slam champion.
The Big 3 will do everything possible to have the changing of the guard postponed further. "Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev are getting closer and closer to the first position, it is natural that they will take over sooner or later.
There will be important changes at the top of the ranking, but no one can know if it will happen in a month or a year," added Nole. Djokovic has repeatedly reiterated his intention to win the second Roland Garros of his career, perhaps avenging the blow Nadal suffered in the final of the last edition.
Rafael Nadal dominates Roger Federer and Djokovic in one statistic
Rafael Nadal will surely be remembered as one of the best tennis players of all time and the Spanish champion has over the years strung record after record, surpassing all his opponents.
His best stats come on clay, but overall the winner of 20 Grand Slam titles is the player with the best win-loss rate in tennis history. Thanks to the recent title victory in the ATP 500 in Barcelona, Rafa has again surpassed world number one Novak Djokovic: for years now the two of them have been dueling on this particular statistic, in front of all the other opponents and quite clearly the other member of the Big Three Roger Federer.
With Nadal's victory in Barcelona and Novak Djokovic's defeat against Aslan Karatsev in the semifinal of the Serbia Open in Belgrade there was a new overtaking and with the record of 83.12% Nadal is the tennis player with the highest victory percentage of the history of tennis.
Rafael Nadal's numbers are incredible, the Spaniard has won 1015 victories and 206 defeats in his career, Novak Djokovic's record of 946 wins and 194 defeats is ahead with a percentage just under 82.98%. In this particular ranking Roger Federer is fourth with 82.04% but it must be recognized that the Swiss has played almost 300 more games than Nadal and almost 400 more games than Novak Djokovic.
In the Top Ten of all time there is also the British Andy Murray, in tenth place, and once again showing his great career results. Here is the Top Ten of tennis players with the best win percentage of all time, we also see other tennis legends such as Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe.
Rafael Nadal (1015-206) 83.12% (Win rate)
Novak Djokovic (946-194) 82.98%
Bjorn Borg (654-140) 82.36%
Roger Federer (1243-272) 82.04%
Jimmy Connors (1274-283) 81.82%
John McEnroe (883-198) 81.68%
Ivan Lendl (1068-242) 81.52%
Rod Laver (576-146) 79.77%
Pete Sampras (762-222) 77.44%
Andy Murray (677-202) 77.02%