In the press conference ahead of his Washington debut, Taylor Fritz explained what it means to face the Big 3 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Fritz said: “I came very close to beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, but I missed something in the decisive moment. I took a lot of satisfaction and played a lot of good games, but never against Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer. When you play against the Big 3, there is a big mental obstacle to overcome.”
Goran Ivanisevic returned to Nole’s decision not to vaccinate against the Coronavirus: “I hope that the vaccination obligation will be removed everywhere.
Despite the vaccination rate, there are still several infections in Australia, France and England, but the death toll is relatively low. The rules are very contradictory from my point of view. I took the double dose, so I have no problems, but I really don’t like the atmosphere that has been created in the last two and a half years.”
The Big 3 in 2022
The Big 3 have monopolized the men’s circuit for over a decade and a half. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic shared the first three Grand Slams of 2022, further fueling their duel and reigniting the GOAT debate.
The Spaniard won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, while the Serbian triumphed at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career. By winning his fourth straight title at Church Road and matching his idol Pete Sampras, Nole lifted a season that was in danger of failing.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade hopes to be able to fly to the United States to compete in the US Open and is training intensely on hard courts. In the absence of the ‘Djoker’, Nadal will have a great chance to stretch further in the all-time rankings of the Majors.
The speech relating to Roger Federer is more complex, still in the pits after having undergone yet another operation on his right knee. The 40-year-old Swiss will return to the Laver Cup, scheduled at London’s O2 Arena from 23 to 25 September.