The Big 3 have written unforgettable pages of tennis history and their legacy is destined to last for a very long time. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are paired at 20 slams each, one more reason to follow the next year with the utmost attention. The Serbian champion came close to the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ in 2021 and is the main suspect to end his career with the most Slams on the bulletin board. The Swiss and the Spaniard, for their part, have been dealing with numerous physical problems in recent months. Roger turned 40 last August and underwent yet another knee operation, as well as being out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. Rafa’s situation is slightly better, who has played seven official tournaments this season collecting a couple of trophies. The 35-year-old from Manacor has undergone a minor foot treatment in the past few weeks and hopes to be back in good shape for the Australian Open 2022. Host of the ‘Tres Iguales’ podcast, Toni Nadal explains why Nole has often been subjected to hostile treatment by part of the fans of this sport.
Uncle Toni speaks about Djokovic
The 60-year-old stated, “It hurt Novak Djokovic to come to the circuit when there was already a very marked rivalry between Roger and Rafa; they were two opposing styles, two different trajectories, and that dazzled people. I also think that Novak’s ego has betrayed him when it comes to having some behaviours on the track incompatible with the number 1 that is.” Toni did, however, clarify that he maintains very good relations with the Serb. Speaking of Rafael Nadal’s head-to-head matchup against Novak Djokovic, Toni explained how the Serb has always been trickier to strategize against than Federer. “With Roger everything was always easier because since 2006 we focused on starting almost all the points playing a high and strong ball to his backhand,” Toni said. “Djokovic has always been much more complex, we did not know how to read his game.” Uncle Toni also addressed how the game has changed since the time Rafael Nadal came onto the tour. He feels that players nowadays invest more in the physical aspect of the game than the strategic part. “This sport has become a game of speed, not strategy,” Toni said. “In a short time, everything has accelerated a lot. In the first years of Rafa’s career, you found players who allowed to play, who fought for every ball and thought. Now the way to seek victory is to hit hard before the opponent.”