The Big 3 players are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
Juan Martin del Potro, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, and Dominic Thiem. These five men have something in common; they have won a Grand Slam title apart from the Big 3 from the Roland Garros 2005.
What’s the big deal with Big 3?
Well, the Big 3 have completely dominated the world of tennis since 2004. Players came and gone, careers started and ended, but these three players are still playing some of the best tennis to give youngsters a lesson of how to win big matches.
Roger Federer, the most admired and stylish player of tennis, has probably enjoyed success, and fans like no one else enjoyed it. The all-time fan-favorite winning the award for 18 straight years. It was him who dominated tennis in the 2000 decade.
In the meantime, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were making the own careers. And now, these two players are the world number two and one respectively and pretty much at best of their games. The 2010 decade was completed dominated by these two players.
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An amazing stat. Counting 2003 Wimbledon and onwards, we have 70 Grand Slam events and out of those 70 titles, the Big 3 players have won the Grand Slams a staggering 58 times. That’s an awesomely-whopping number.
Grand Slam titles;
- Roger Federer: 20
- Rafael Nadal: 18
- Novak Djokovic: 18
How long can the Big 3 go?
Talking of the future, no one can predict it. But, it seems like Roger Federer has probably now too old to add another Major title to his trophy cabinet. While Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are young enough to still add multiple titles.
Federer is 39-years old and still in the top 10 while Nadal and Djokovic are 34 and 33 respectively but more importantly the current world number one and two players. That shows the commitment, the passion, and the love for the game. Still peaking the game after playing for so many years and have the same burning desire to win more titles.
With knee injuries and age, the Swiss has taken a long time off and it will be difficult for him to be at his younger-days-best. Perhaps a couple of more years of domination by the Spaniard and Serbian are in sight before the young players will knock them on.
It will be a battle between Nadal and Djokovic of who will end his career with the most Grand Slam titles. Djokovic is the favorite one having recently replaced Federer as the player with most weeks as the World number one player. Both of the junior men are still pretty much ahead of the rest of the players and will dominate the tour for at least a couple of years.
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Are the younger players ready?
With the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, and Andrey Rublev, the field is set.
The younger players are ready to take on the big boys. They have already registered wins against at least one member of the Big 3 and are continuously giving tough time. Getting better and better with each tournament, the players are hungry and ready to take the tennis to next level when the senior players will retire.
We are not long away when we’ll be seeing new Grand Slam players from this lot. Only Dominic Thiem has a Grand Slam title to his name so far but other players are not so behind as well.