The Big 3 have made tennis history, as well as having rewritten the record book from top to bottom. Rafael Nadal currently leads the all-time Grand Slam standings, having won the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year.
The Spaniard thus hoisted himself to 22 Majors, +1 over Novak Djokovic and +2 over Roger Federer. The Serbian champion has narrowed the gap by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career, but will hardly be able to fly to the United States to compete in the US Open.
The former world number 1 is training in Croatia and hopes to be able to enter the US on a special visa. Nadal, for his part, will take part in the Masters 1000 in Montreal next week. The speech relating to Federer is more complicated, still in the pits after having undergone yet another operation on his right knee.
The 40-year-old from Basel will return to the field at the Laver Cup, which will take place at London’s O2 Arena from 23-25 September. In a long interview granted to ‘The Week’ magazine, John McEnroe praised the three sacred monsters.
McEnroe opens up on Federer
“Roger Federer is the most beautiful player I’ve ever seen. He’s like an updated version of Rod Laver. I’d never seen anyone that tried harder than Jimmy Connors but Nadal has succeeded in that.
Djokovic is like the human dartboard, which I can relate to,” McEnroe said in a conversation with The Week magazine. The 60-year-old went on to talk about his own life: “I feel proud of the direction I’ve gone in, what I’ve learnt from my successes and failures as a player, as a husband and as a father,” McEnroe said.
“Ultimately, you have to ask yourself: how comfortable do I feel as a human being? I feel pretty good”. McEnroe was glad his playing days did not coincide with the internet age. “Jesus Christ, [chasing likes] is all they do.
It’s worse than being a heroin addict. If I’d been 20 years old and on social media and the press had gone after me, I’d be losing it,” John McEnroe said. “I think I might have thrown some things out there that I’d regret”.
Federer still has determination despite many considering him to be past his best at this point in his magnificent career. Though no one can deny the fact that the 40-year-old doesn’t have decades left to play on the tour.