With Novak Djokovic’s latest success at the Australian Open, the number of victories in Grand Slam tournaments by those three Martians who have written the recent history of this sport is increasing more and more. Records are meant to be broken but here we are faced with numbers that would make an impression even on athletes like Messi and Ronaldo. To be more specific, with Novak Djokovic’s win against Aslan Karatsev on Thursday at the Australian Open, once again at least one member of the Big Three would take the field to play another Grand Slam final. The hegemony of the legendary world tennis trio is impressive and is exemplified in a resounding fact: at least one of them, the Serbian, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, has been present in 64 of the last 70 major finals. I remember that since the Swiss reached Wimbledon 2003. Almost 18 years of practically indisputable domination have passed, and in this time only eight players have managed to snatch one of the twelve titles that the big three have missed. With Djokovic’s victory against the Russian, they reach 58 Slams between them (20 Nadal and Federer and 18 Djokovic). Roddick, Gaudio, Safín, Del Potro, Murray (3), Wawrinka (3), Cilic and Thiem (1), the latter last year at the US Open. Pepe Imaz recently claimed that World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has done a lot of work on his inner self over the last few years, which has helped him tremendously on the professional front as well.
Pepe Imaz on the Big 3’s rivalry
Pepe Imaz also touched upon Novak Djokovic’s quest to break the record for most Grand Slams in men’s tennis. The Serb’s Australian Open title marked his 18th Major, taking him to within two of the all-time record which is jointly held by rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Imaz feels that breaking the record won’t be easy, but he claimed that Djokovic is determined to get it done. And like the rest of the tennis world, the 46-year-old is intrigued to see how the race pans out in the time ahead. “Novak Djokovic’s desire and goal at a professional and tennis level is to achieve the maximum possible Grand Slams,” Imaz said. “He has it in his sights, and he has a lot of determination. But when there are 3 people with that determination, it is not easy,” he added. “Rafa and Novak are people with impressive mental strength. It will be nice to see what happens year after year.”
The Big 3 has occupied the top three positions of the year-end singles rankings eight times