Rafael Nadal: “Roger Federer and I are in a complicated moment”

Speaking to Eurosport, the 35-year-old from Manacor Rafael Nadal expressed a series of interesting considerations on the future of the Big 3, his future, that of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal said: “Novak Djokovic is in the best position to end his career with the highest number of Grand Slam titles, there is no need to go around it. Roger Federer and I are going through a difficult time, while Nole continues to play and is still number 1 in the world. The reality is this and it cannot be ignored. Nobody knows what will happen in the next nine months, but Djokovic is the big favorite right now.”

The Spanaird will come back to the court in mid-December in the prestigious Abu Dhabi exhibition. If there are no further setbacks, the Majorcan will then fly to Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of 2022.

Rafa added: “Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have made further progress in the last twelve months. They are no longer young promises on the launching pad, they are now the generation of the present.”

What happened in the last months

2021 will go to archive with the Big 3 paired at 20 Slams each. Novak Djokovic was the only one to shine this season, having posted three Majors and a Masters 1000. The world number 1 touched the legendary Grand Slam, which would have put an end to any debate related to the GOAT.

His dream was shattered one step away from the finish, having been clearly defeated by Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open. Despite the terrible New York prank, the Serbian is the one who has more chance of increasing the loot than him.

The situation of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is rather complicated, not just because of their age. The Swiss has undergone his third knee operation in the past 18 months and will not be back in action until summer 2022. The Spaniard, for his part, played the misery of seven official tournaments this year due to a chronic foot injury.