Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been the symbols of men's tennis in the modern era. The Big 3 have reached heights that were unexplored prior to their arrival, as well as rewriting the record book. Thanks to the success achieved at the Australian Open 2022, the Spaniard has overtaken his eternal rivals in the all-time Grand Slam ranking.
The Majorcan also became the fourth man in history to have won all the majors at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). Nole was unable to defend his title in Melbourne due to the well-known events, as well as having suffered serious damage to his image.
It is not yet clear whether or not the Serbian will be able to play Roland Garros, where he achieved a memorable ride last year. The situation of Federer is even more complicated, who underwent surgery on his right knee for the third time a few months ago.
The 40-year-old from Switzerland hopes to return to the pitch this summer, but is unlikely to take part in Wimbledon. In a recent conversation on Radio 10, Toni Nadal expressed his point of view on the GOAT with great honesty: "When I do my analyzes, I try not to be anyone's fan and to evaluate everyone with extreme objectivity.
This also applies to my nephew," explained Uncle Toni. "Who is the best of the three? It is not easy to answer. The greatest is the one who has remained at the top for longer than the others? Or is he the one who has won the most titles? If Rafael Nadal hadn't been injured so often during his career, he would be the best of all times without question.
The truth is that there is very little difference between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. In my opinion, Federer is the one who has accomplished the greatest feats," Toni commented. Djokovic will return to action in Dubai next week, while Nadal will be busy in Acapulco.
It is unlikely Novak will be able to travel to the United States to play the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami.
Novak Djokovic: "I won't get vaccinated"
Novak Djokovic has finally come out of the closet.
And he even said he was willing to give up tennis, and everything he has accumulated over the course of his career, rather than get vaccinated. The Serbian tennis player, forced to abandon the Australian throne in surreal circumstances, confessed this in the course of a long interview released exclusively to the BBC.
Is it possible to renounce Roland Garros and Wimbledon then? "Yes, this is the price I am willing to pay," he explained forcefully. The twenty-time Grand Slam champion then reiterated his thesis. "I have never been against vaccinations in my life, but I have always advocated the freedom to choose what to put in your body and what not.
The principles of decision making about my person and especially my body are more important than any title or other in the world of tennis. I'm trying to be in tune with my body as much as possible. The crack? "I understand that globally everyone is trying to make a great effort to manage this virus and hopefully see an end to this virus soon."
On the plate, of course, also speculations. Djokovic was accused of manipulating the tests in order to obtain a medical exemption. Necessary for those without vaccine in the state of Victoria. "I do not like. I don't like it being thought that he did something to get a positive test and eventually go to Australia.
I was sad and disappointed with the way it all ended for me in Australia. It wasn't easy. The visa declaration error was not made deliberately. The reason I was expelled from Australia is because the Immigration Minister used his discretion to cancel my visa based on his perception that I could create anti-vax sentiment in the country or city, which is what I disagree," he said.