The Big 3 have dominated men's tennis for nearly two decades. During this time, they have totaled a total of 60 Grand Slams and 100 titles at Masters 1000 level. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have been affected by several injuries in recent months, so much so that they have moved away from the top positions.
The Swiss champion has just turned 40 and has not gone beyond the quarterfinals at Wimbledon as best result in 2021. King Roger has played just five tournaments since his return to the tour last March, with a balance that is anything but exciting in relation to its old standards.
The situation is different for Nadal, who is dealing with a serious foot problem that threatens to force him to forfeit the US Open. The Majorcan has given up on the Masters 1000 in Toronto and Cincinnati, a very bad sign when the last Grand Slam of the season is a couple of weeks away.
Novak Djokovic, for his part, will try to complete a historic Calendar Grand Slam in New York. In a recent interview with Stuart Miller for Tennis.com, WTA legend Martina Navratilova reiterated that the Big 3 are far superior to the Next Gen.
Navratilova said: "Next Gen are very talented and promising, but we are far from the level of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Those three are from another category, they still manage to surprise me. If the youngsters tried to hit a target on a training gro."
”- analyzed the 18-time Grand Slam champion. She then added: "What differentiates the Next Gen from the Big 3? The boys have to play slightly above their usual level just to reach the final stages of the tournaments.
This means that as soon as they find the day less good they fail."
Cori Gauff praised Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer
Cori Gauff is already a star of the WTA Tour: in her short career she can already boast the quarter-finals played at the Roland Garros and two titles on the women's tennis, namely those of Linz and Parma.
Already number 23 in the world a few weeks ago, today Coco occupies the 24th position in the women's ranking. A few days ago, Cori revealed in the course of an interesting interview all her admiration for the Australian Nick Kyrgios, with whom she also seems to have a pending double collaboration.
She said: "I met Nick when I was 12-years-old At 13 years I had the chance to train with him, we even got together in Miami for a tournament. I guess he remembers it now, but I don't know at the time. I think he asked me to play mixed doubles together because I did an interview with the ATP social account in which they asked me who I wanted to compete with.
I answered Nick. Then they asked me which player of the Tour I would have preferred to be friends with: I answered Nick this time too." Gauff then added: "I respect him a lot, as a person and as a tennis player. People don't know, but both he and Roger Federer are my two ideal."
Coco certainly cannot boast a long experience in doubles, however in this specialty she has already won three titles (Washington, Luxembourg and Parma) and played twice in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
As for Kyrgios, the Australian won the event in Lyon in 2018 together with the American Jack Sock. Cori did not take the field in Tokyo on the occasion of the Olympics as she was positive for Coronavirus.