Novak Djokovic won his 22nd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open less than a week ago, catching up with Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings. The 5th place in the last 7 participations in the most important tennis tournaments testifies to the absolute dominance acquired by the Serbian tennis player in recent years, probably facilitated by the retirement of Roger Federer and a generation, the youngest, that continues to fight to stand out.
On the third step of the podium we see Nadal, the king of clay, with 73.3 (22-8). In fourth place is the Swedish Borg, with 68.8% (11-5). Then we find another American, Bill Tilden, winner of 10 Majors, with only three losses (66.7%).
With the same percentage is Novak Djokovic (22-11). In seventh position is another Australian, Rod Laver, with 64.7% (11-6). Federer closed in last position with 64.5 (20-11). Outside the classification but worth mentioning is Andre Agassi, who holds eight Slam titles, but with seven losses in the final.
The same can be said of his compatriot Jimmy Connors. For him too, 8 victories and 7 setbacks. The Big Three have marked a unique, golden era in the best tennis in the world, a trio that has broken more and more records to establish an almost undisputed dominance and that still has a way to continue writing new pages.
Fognini on Nole Djokovic
Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini believes Novak Djokovic is the “strongest” but also the “least loved” among the Big 3. “Nole is the strongest and the numbers prove it, but he is also the least loved of the big 3.
It is difficult to find a suitable adjective for him. Last year he did not play two Slams and four Masters 1000, but still managed to qualify for the ATP Finals,” Fognini said. “After everything that happened last year in Melbourne, Nole came back and made his mark.
He, Roger and Rafa monopolized the circuit and wrote the history of this sport,” he said. The number one in the world, thanks also to the physical problems suffered in recent months by the Spaniard, will be able to increase his numbers, while clinging to another great goal, that of the Grand Slam calendar, which he only touched on in 2021.
A story, that of the Big Three, which in the last twenty years has acquired the contours of a true hegemony. No less than 44 Majors won by the trio since 2003 make them the most successful tennis players in the history of this sport.