‘I think Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic’re not quite there yet’, says former star

It was back in 2001 and Roger Federer made himself known to the general public in the historic Wimbledon tournament where he was the protagonist of a fantastic victory in the Quarterfinals over a legend of tennis and London tournament like Pete Sampras. Several people realized the great talent of the Swiss champion but no one would have ever imagined that Roger would have surpassed Pete Sampras both for the number of overall Grand Slams and for the successes at Wimbledon where Sampras held the record of 7 wins. In the end it all happened, it was 2017 and Roger Federer took his eighth title on English grass. His first victory came in 2003 and his match against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2008 is considered by many among the experts as the greatest match ever. The 20-time winner of Slam trophies has made the history of this sport but it is now over a year that everyone is waiting for his return, his last match has reached the semifinal of the Australian Open 2020 and many are curious about how Roger Federer is, in about a week, he will be back on the pitch. In the course of an interview with Rene Stauffer, Pierre Paganini talked about how Roger’s body has certainly had a strong physical deterioration after more than a year of absence from the fields and at the same time the Swiss champion thinks above all of physically preserving himself for his future, for what he will do after his tennis career. French tennis star Marion Bartoli has weighed in on the debate on whether the next lot of superstars in men’s tennis are there yet in terms of weakening the Big Three’s (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) hold on Grand Slam titles.

Bartoli on the Big 3

Barring Medvedev’s dream run at the ATP Finals last year when he beat Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and then World Number 3 Dominic Thiem on his way to landing the title, there’s hardly been any instance of “someone young… winning a final against a big established player” according to Marion Bartoli. Bartoli added that for “Novak, Rafa, and Roger Federer, it’s just about how many Grand Slams they can get” and the younger lot knows there’s no easy road to glory as they have to battle past the Big Three. “I think they’re not quite there yet,” the former Wimbledon champion said. Djokovic won the Australian Open 2021 while Nadal pulled out of the Rotterdam Cup due to his back issues. Now, Roger will be seen in action after more than a year at the Doha Open, beginning in March. 

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