The Big 3 have monopolized the men’s circuit for over a decade and a half. Roger Federer has played very little in the last two seasons, while Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still on the crest of the wave. The Spaniard and the Serbian won the first three majors of 2022, demonstrating for the umpteenth time how the generational change is a real chimera.
The 36-year-old Majorcan won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, having to give up the Wimbledon semi-final against Nick Kyrgios due to a tear in his abs. Nole, for his part, has raised a subdued season by triumphing on the London meadows for the seventh time in his career.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade has thus hoisted himself at 21 Grand Slams, just one length away from Nadal. It is unlikely that the ‘Djoker’ will be able to fly to the United States to compete in the US Open, given that the vaccine is a mandatory requirement in order to enter the country.
In a long interview granted to ‘Punto de Break’, the French player Constant Lestienne analyzed the dominance of the Big 3.
Lestienne on the Big 3
“People don’t realize how ‘golden’ this generation has been, how good all of them(Tsonga, Monfils, Simon, Gasque) have been,” Lestienne said.
“We had four or five players in the top-20, that is something that is not going to happen tomorrow. I know all of them and, in addition, they are fantastic people. They are great guys with incredible careers. Gillou (Simon) told me that, to win a major tournament, you always had to beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, Rafael Nadal in the semifinals and Novak Djokovic in the final, to give you an example,” Lestienne said, adding, “Honestly… it’s been a fantastic generation.
There’s nothing more to say. They ran into three aliens, simply.” The former world no.1, while speaking about coping with the pressure and uneasiness before a high-profile match, opened up about a bad habit of his.
Nadal, after explaining how cleaning and polishing his boots and arranging his equipment help him calm his nerves, admitted, “My mother and sister, chuckle when they remember this. Because they say that when it comes to sport, I am disciplined and orderly person.
But in everything else, I am distracted and chaotic”. The 14-time French Open champion’s caliber came was tested when facing the other members of the famed ‘Big Three’, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.