Players such as Pete Sampras, Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver have all had their fair share of success in their separate eras, but have not been able to achieve the same level of dominance as Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.
The trio have won a total of 46 Grand Slam tournaments and Andy Murray, who is one of the few players to have beaten a member of the “ Big Three ” in a Grand Slam final, thinks that we are currently witnessing at the height of tennis.
“We don’t know what everyone will end up on the slam. For me, it depends on the area. Rafa’s clay court record, no one competes with it. Your hard record (Djokovic) is the best. Federer is the best short court grass.
The best on clay, grass and hard
“When people ask me what my toughest match is, who are the toughest guys to face, I feel like I’m competing against the best hard player, the best clay and the best grass.”
Federer currently holds the record for most Grand Slam tournaments in men’s singles with 20; Nadal is second with 19; and Djokovic two behind the Spaniard, with 17.
Djokovic admitted that although the number of titles is something he is thinking about, the “Big Three” can’t really focus on it because they are “still in the storm”.
“I talk about it with my team and my friends. The people close to me are biased and obviously leaning towards me. People support Roger and Rafa, which is normal,” said the Serb.
“But I think it’s good for tennis, we have this kind of conversation and we’re all competing at the same time,” he added.
Life after tennis
Murray has had time to think about GOAT and its legacies since injuries have ruined his career in recent years.
A hip injury forced him to miss nearly a year, and in January 2019, the Scottish player cried at a press conference when he said he intended to retire at because of the injury, and then played doubles at Wimbledon later that year.
But Murray says the time spent with his family has helped him accept the fact that there will be a life after tennis.
“You are learning a new way of living. You are at home all the time. It is a big change but the positives certainly outweigh the negatives.”
Djokovic admitted he was full of admiration for Murray because he had just returned from such a serious injury.
“I have great respect for you doing everything you can to get back after your injury. I only had one major injury. I took six months off and skipped a slam for the first time, “said the 32-year-old.
Djokovic, however, is not yet ready for life after tennis. He is still “in the storm”.
“It’s really amazing,” he said, “and I think we are not all really aware of all these results, achievements and the proportions and depth of the conversation in the world of sport.”