Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won the first three Grand Slam tournaments of 2022, proving once again how generational change is a real pipe dream. Fresh off a long injury hiatus, the 36-year-old Spaniard left everyone speechless by winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
The Iberian has thus risen to 22 Majors, overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking. The Serb closed the gap by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career and equaling his idol Pete Sampras.
The 35-year-old Belgrader has relaunched a season that was in danger of going bankrupt. Nole has indeed paid a very high price for her choice not to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus and it is unlikely that she will be able to fly to the United States next month to compete in the US Open.
Federer, for his part, is still struggling with rehabilitation after undergoing yet another surgery on his right knee. The 40-year-old from Basel is set to return to the Laver Cup, which takes place at the O2 Arena in London from September 23-25.
In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Tommy Robredo ruled out King Roger from the GOAT title fight.
Robredo on the Big 3
“Rafael Nadal [was the toughest to play against]for the way he plays, with this ball speed, the rotation of his forehand, for the difference due to the fact that he is left-handed and for the way he chases after each ball as if it were the first”, Robredo said.
The 40-year-old, on the other hand, finished his career with a 2-7 record against Novak Djokovic and a 1-11 record against Roger Federer. “I’m not saying the others are easy… but for me Rafa Nadal had something that makes you suffer more inside the pitch than the others,” Robredo said.
In a recent interview, the 36-year-old talked about the definition of talent, as he believes whoever earns the most has the best talent. Nadal’s recent talent comments have caught the attention of many fans and pundits. He said: “In tennis, like in any sport, the ultimate goal is to win.
So, for me, the summary is clear: whoever wins is the one with the most talent.” Later, Serena Williams’ former coach Patrick Mouratoglou posted a story on his official Instagram account about Nadal’s comments.
In this story, he said, “I agree 100% with this statement! True talent is the ability to achieve one’s goal.“