In a long interview, the French player Constant Lestienne analyzed the dominance of the Big 3 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. He explained: "People don't realize how golden this generation has been.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon and Richard Gasquet did their best. We had 4-5 players in the Top 20, it doesn't necessarily happen again in the next few years. I know them all and they are great guys. They have had incredible careers and we just have to applaud them.
As Simon told me, to win a major tournament you had to beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and Novak Djokovic in the final, just to give an example. My compatriots ran into three aliens, there's nothing else to add."
In a recent interview with, Nadal talked about the future of tennis after the Big 3: "The big stars are replaced by young talent, who in turn become stars over time. I am convinced that the tour will be in good hands after our retirement."
The come back of the Big 3
The Big 3 have monopolized the men's circuit for over a decade and a half. Roger Federer has played very little in the last two seasons, while Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still on the crest of the wave.
The Spaniard and the Serbian won the first three majors of 2022, demonstrating for the umpteenth time how the generational change is a real chimera. The 36-year-old Majorcan won the Australian Open and the Roland Garros, having to give up the Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to a tear in his abs.
Nole, for his part, has raised a subdued season by triumphing on the London meadows for the seventh time in his career. The 35-year-old from Belgrade has thus hoisted himself at 21 Grand Slams, just one length away from Nadal.
It is unlikely that the 'Djoker' will be able to fly to the United States to compete in the US Open, since the vaccine is a mandatory requirement to enter the country.