Many young stars of the “ATP Next Gens” generation are dreaming of overthrowing the “Big 3” Federer-Nadal-Djokovic party to achieve the heights of the Grand Slam tournaments and even the glory beyond the tennis court. But is this the “impossible” task of the modern age?
Since 2005, 15 years ago, when Rafael Nadal captured the first Grand Slam at Roland Garros, the “Big 3” party consisting of Federer-Nadal-Djokovic won a total of 51/59 Grand Slam awards. A total of 12 closest Grand Slams were also won.
It is acknowledged that this is the “dominant” moment to win the second longest Grand Slam in the “Big 3” category, until Stan Wawrinka captured the Grand Slam with the U.S. Open Championship in 2016.
The steady success of the “Major 3” party, which lasted almost two decades, accidentally made young talents unable to shine, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev … They’re very talented but somehow not bold enough to win the Grand Slam. A little older, there’s Dominic Thiem, an Austrian who hit the Grand Slam three times, but all failed.
Caste and experience are what “Major 3” has been helping to dominate tennis for so long
Not unexpectedly, the Nadal-Federer-Djokovic community dominated tennis for such a long time, they must have something in common, the Croatian tennis player-Borna Coric, when asked, said: “I don’t know the explanation either. Truly, why young players, despite being so outstanding, haven’t been able to make a breakthrough and win a major title over the years.
The secret to Coric’s “Big Three” victory is: “At Grand Slam tournaments, what you need to do to remain on top of your game for two weeks in a row. You know, it’s hard to be new or perform well, in all 15 days. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer are already the best at this tournament because they know what to do to keep up the rhythm in both weeks.