Guillermo Vilas on comparing Big Three to other eras: It’s incoherent

Former four-time Grand Slam champion Guillermo Vilas insists comparing Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to other eras makes no sense..

Vilas acknowledges the Big Three are one of the greatest tennis players of all time but comparing their achievements to those of Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg or Pete Sampras makes no sense. 

“If they put me against Federer from 2004 with my best tools from 1977, I would have no options,” Vilas admitted over Twitter. “I would lose 6-1, 6-2 if I were lucky.

“The same [would be true] against Nadal or Djokovic. If someone wants to compare, let them do it among the ‘Big Three’ of each era.”

Vilas says it’s ‘incoherent’ to compare the Big Three to other eras 

“Comparing a tennis player from 1900 against one from 2000 is incoherent,” Vilas went on. “There is 100 years of evolution.”

This year, world No. 1 Djokovic has broke several records. 

Djokovic tied Nadal and Federer for the most Grand Slam titles, became a record Masters champion, made it past Federer for most weeks spent as No. 1 and overtake Sampras for most year-end No. 2 finishes (7).

After losing the US Open final, Djokovic returned to action at the Paris Masters last week and won it all to become a record Matsrs champion to clinch a record seventh year-end No. 1 ranking. 

“And I think that this defeat in the final of the US Open was simply necessary to allow Novak Djokovic to breathe, to recover, to show himself to be a bit human. Because, finally, he has perhaps never been so loved as when he lost so harshly in the final against Daniil Medvedev,” former world No. 1 Justine Henin told Eurosport. 

“And me, I’m not at all surprised that he came back here (Paris) because there are more records to go after and because it’s his job. It’s his passion. It’s what he loves, because a competitor like that doesn’t exist today on the circuit.

“I’m not surprised, but I think we have to take the measure of what he is doing because it is really something unique and exceptional.”

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