The men’s circuit has been dominated by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for the past decade and a half. The Serbian star clinched his 19th Grand Slam title this month at Roland Garros, just one distance behind the Swiss and the Spaniard (who currently share the all-time record at 20). Given the difficulties of Nadal – who will miss Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics – and the advanced age of King Roger, there are concrete possibilities that the world number 1 will achieve the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’. The 34-year-old from Belgrade will start clearly the favorite at both Wimbledon and the US Open, but he will have to watch his back from the various members of the Next Gen who aim to trip him. During a long interview granted to ‘AS’, Casper Ruud expressed all his admiration for the achievements of the Big 3. The Norwegian has made great strides in the last year, hoisting himself up to the 14th position in the ATP ranking. Nadal’s advice was invaluable in speeding up his growth on all surfaces.
Casper Ruud on the GOAT debate
Men’s tennis has been dominated by the ‘Big 3’ — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — since the early 2000s. “This is a very difficult question, because each of the three has arguments to say that he is the best. What Nadal has done is special, because winning 13 times in a tournament like Roland Garros is incredible,” Casper Ruud said. “They are all three very good, and are among the 10 or 15 best in history. Not tennis, but all sport,” Ruud added. During this period, the Norwegian has often traded hits with Rafael Nadal. “I train for two hours a day and then I have an hour and a half in the gym. It is a great place to train and stay in shape. It has everything to continue adding and also to relax, like the spas,” Ruud said. “If Nadal is around, you can rally with him from time to time. There are also hard days, but they help you improve. The atmosphere is very good.” Wimbledon Championships 2021 is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments on the planet. Every player dreams to play and perhaps win the Grand Slam, however, injuries and many other issues have forced some of the players to skip the event. And this year many heavyweights such as Rafael Nadal and Naomi Osaka have withdrawn from the event.