Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been three of the most consistent players in tennis history and have been holding their own against all the other players for nearly twenty years. They have won a whopping amount of 57 Grand Slam titles between them and have finished in the top 2 of the ATP Rankings for each year right from 2004. They have received plaudits perpetually from around the world.
The latest person who has expressed his admiration for the trio is Daniil Medvedev who is currently ranked 4th in the world at the moment. He spoke about the trio after his win over Mackenzie McDonald in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2021 and stated as to how difficult it would be for someone to be as consistent as the three.
‘It’s like Messi and Ronaldo in football’ – Medvedev
Speaking about the ‘Big 3’, Medvedev said, “I remember when Sampras beat the record for Grand Slams. I was really young. I remember all the news saying this record is forever. Just like Messi and Ronaldo in football. Then the three guys came (Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal), they did not just beat the record, they destroyed the record. What is this number?”
“(It) is amazing because, for example, me, I’m 25. I’m playing good tennis. I feel like I’m one of the top players in the world. I have zero Slams. Imagine for me to get 20, I need to win five years in a row every Slam. Five years in a row I need to win every Slam against amazing opponents, five-set matches, not be injured. That’s ridiculous numbers. For me, they’re the three for sure greatest players in the history of tennis,” he added.
Medvedev will face countryman Andrey Rublev in the quarter-final of the Australian Open.