The Tennis Triumvirate
Talent vs Determination vs Disbelief
When one talks “Tennis” in today’s day and age; The Big 3 - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are the names that come to mind; and along with Andy Murray, they are collectively termed as the “Big 4.”
You can count yourself “fortunate” if you witnessed their brilliance across two decades. It is very hard to choose a winner amongst the three. The mutual respect they share for each other on and off the court validates the Triumvirate.
Now! There is a reason why Markeligion has chosen to highlight the companionship or union between the 3 remarkable men of Tennis. We as fans choose to throw light on the color “red” of the sport this month.
The union of the three men & the bonding or the “friendship between them has blended so well and coordinated superbly under the umbrella of sheer Sportsmanship.
Even their fans have a great amount of respect for the other two. The GOAT debate in Tennis is a very difficult one as each one of the three validates their case. They have created an everlasting legacy that precedes the tennis court.
Since 2003 when Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam, there have been 71 Grand Slams and the Big 3 have emerged as the winners in 57 grand slams. Not to mention the very fact that every year since 2004; at least 2 grand slams have been won by the “Big 3”. This itself proves that the dominance by the trio is unprecedented.
At the moment, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stand at 20 Grand Slams each, and Novak Djokovic stands at 17 Grand Slams.
The year 2021 might just turn out to be the year in which Novak Djokovic closes in on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal or Rafael Nadal breaking away from the pack.
We are at the dawn of the Big 3 Tennis rivalry but time and again, they have proven the world wrong with their reunion.
Undoubtedly, they have surprised everyone by performing brilliantly and dominated the Tennis court with their majestic strokes for which they have been recognized so well just in their thirties!
Call it “Rivalry” or “Reunion”; it is fitting to state that this camaraderie will never be witnessed in the history of Sports ever again.
Roger Federer (SUI)
Current ATP Ranking – 5
A true gentleman on and off the court, Roger Federer has done it all. Every now and then, he pulls off stunners; however, his natural gameplay is a visual treat. It is the simplest of things that he does better than his opponents that makes him a serial match-winner. When on song Roger Federer is invincible. He was the first player to win 20 men’s individual Grand Slams in Tennis.
With has 6 Australian Open Titles, 1 French Open Title, 8 Wimbledon titles, and 5 US Open Titles, the Swiss Maestro is the perfect example of sheer raw Talent. He is a complete player in all aspects. However, his forehand stands out amongst the others. With a career spanning 2 decades and still going strong, Roger Federer arguably can be identified as the greatest player in this sport. Even Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic claim Roger Federer to be the Greatest of All Time.
Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Current ATP Ranking – 2
The Spaniard is often hailed as the King of Clay. The record books would agree to disagree. A career that apparently is filled with recorded injuries, he has always proven his critics wrong with a comeback. He has 1 Australian Open Title, 13 French Open Titles, 2 Wimbledon titles, and 4 US Open Titles.
He is the undisputed King of Clay but his accomplishments in other courts which include 7 Grand Slams, validate his case for the GOAT race. He also has 2 Olympic Gold medals to his name (Singles – 2008 Beijing and Doubles- 2016 Rio de Janeiro)
Most players have renowned Rafael Nadal, “As the toughest player they have ever faced". Above all, it is just the heart and determination that make him the legend he is.
As ardent followers of the sport, we can safely see that the player gives his best in every shot and stride. By far he is one of the toughest players to beat on any given day because of his “never give up” attitude.
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Current ATP Ranking – 1
Initially, the rivalry was two-faced with Rafael Nadal dominating on clay and Roger Federer dominating the rest of the world of tennis. However, since 2008, there was a challenger; Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. He has always been a character to match within the court. His aggressive approach to the game, fitness, unpredictability, and high intensity works to his advantage. His returns are top-notch and are arguably the best in the world in this aspect of the game.
Novak Djokovic has 8 Australian Open Titles, 1 French Open Title, 5 Wimbledon titles, and 3 US Open Titles and is on course to win his 18th Grand Slam and his 9th Australian Open. He also holds a record of 36 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles. He has featured in the longest Grand Slam Final in the Australian Open 2012 and many other memorable matches.
By Amit Nandi