Former No. 1 reveals why Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic are tough to beat

Roger Federer won 7-6 3-6 7-5 against Daniel Evans in the first round of the ATP 250 in Doha, and he also convinced. After 405 days of abstinence from Federer, tennis regains its genius and breathes a sigh of relief. Daniel Evans in the first round of the ATP 250 in Doha, and he also convinced. After 405 days of withdrawal from Federer, tennis regains its genius and breathes a sigh of relief. A few barriers, sure, an ounce of indecision here and there, okay. But in the end Roger played as many hoped but not everyone believed: as a splendid 39 year old, always able to give a show, reasoning and sometimes improvising, and at the same time to bring home a match that is anything but trivial, against the number 38 of the world. After 13 months of hiatus, a more than encouraging result, indeed, to be honest, a half miracle, if we reflect that Federer has now played in four different decades (his debut as a pro dates back to 1998). Initially, tennis had the big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. Later British stalwart Andy Murray joined the trio to form the big 4. Although Murray didn’t have a prolific career as his rivals, he most certainly was on par with them for a couple of years and did become the best in the world in 2016.

Andy Murray on facing the Big 3

“With any great player, I think it’s a mix of incredible talent, mental strength, single-minded focus, determination and a lot of hard work. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’ve all got good teams around them too which really helps,” Andy Murray said. Furthermore, Murray placed great emphasis on experience. And that gives them the edge over the upcoming crop of young players. “I also think that because tennis is such a mental game, the experience they have is a big factor now too. They are able to draw on that against the younger players, and (thus) still dominate the game.” Speaking on the next-gen, Murray reckons that they have been a bit unlucky. The next-gen have underperformed in the Grand Slams, and according to Murray, it is unfortunate that success is measured in terms of Grand Slams won. “It’s obviously extremely difficult to win a Grand Slam, and unfortunately, most people judge success in tennis by that benchmark. Sometimes you need a bit of luck, alongside all the talent and hard work, to get you across the line.” Roger Federer marked his return to the tour at the 2021 Qatar ExxonMobil Open with a hard-fought victory over Dan Evans on Wednesday. Federer will now go up against Nikoloz Basilashvili in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

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