None of the Big 3 are competing in the Indian Wells Masters 1000 this week. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal played very little in 2021 due to a series of physical problems. The Swiss played just 13 official matches this year before undergoing surgery on his right knee again due to a relapse.
The Spaniard was instead limited to seven tournaments by a foot problem, which affected him above all from Roland Garros onwards. The 35-year-old from Manacor tried a timid return to the hardcourt in Washington, but had to surrender to the pain.
Fans are hoping to see both again in 2022. Unlike the speech relating to Novak Djokovic, who touched the Grand Slam this season. After surrendering to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final, the Serbian has never returned to the court.
The world number 1 appears in the Paris-Bercy entry list and is already qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin, but it is not excluded that he decides to remain in the pits until the next Australian Open. In the course of a recent interview with the Tennis365 portal, the well-known New York Times correspondent Christopher Clarey addressed the issue relating to the GOAT.
Clarey does not comment on the GOAT
Clarey said: “I’m not going to decree who is the greatest tennis player of each era, since there are no objective parameters shared by everyone. In terms of results and statistics, Novak Djokovic can be considered the best player of this era.
From my point of view, it was both a burden and a blessing for him to play in the same era as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Without them, he would not have become the champion he is today.”
Clarey also put forward Federer’s candidacy: “If we approach this debate in a broader perspective, Roger can assert his cards. There is no doubt that the Swiss has had the greatest impact on sports fans in general. His popularity is much higher than Djokovic’s.”
We recall that Roger Federer (and Rafael Nadal) could come back on the court for th beginninf of the new season. Djokovic oculd play the last year tournaments in Paris-Bercy and Turin, but it is not sure, and he could also come back directly in 2022.