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Uncle Toni: ‘In the past, Roger Federer had so much advantage’



Roger Federer

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the strongest players in this tennis era, perhaps the best ever, thanks to the records they have achieved throughout their careers. There is a strong sporting rivalry among the Big Three; Federer is the tennis player who has won the most Slam titles so far (20), followed by Nadal with 19 and Djokovic with 16 Major.



In a recent interview with Blick, uncle Toni spoke about the Big 3.

Toni Nadal on the Big 3
“I often had him train with bad balls on bad pitches. I extended the 90-minute training over and over again – without comment.

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So that he learns to persevere. We often made a game of twenty points. Most of the time I let Rafael lead to the match ball, only to win”. said uncle Toni. “I think so. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and even a little Novak Djokovic are running out of time.

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They all need to be very strong in their minds now and not lose their will”. added Toni. “In the past, Federer had so much advantage, there was no need for a discussion. But now the three are so close together that they are all extra motivated.

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Because one of them will be the one who will go down in history with the most titles” – he concluded. From the 2003 Wimbledon Championships up to and including the 2020 Australian Open, the trio have dominated men’s singles, winning 56 of the 67 Grand Slam titles, with Federer accounting for 20, Nadal 19 and Djokovic 17.

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They have also occupied the top three positions of the year-end singles ATP Rankings eight times, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2019. The Big Three monopolized the top spot in the ATP men’s singles rankings from 2 February 2004 to 6 November 2016 and again from 21 August 2017 to the present, for a total of 800 weeks (equivalent to over 15 years) as of 9 March 2020.

Roger Federer

Federer was ranked number 1 for a record 310 weeks, Djokovic, the current number 1, for 281 weeks, and Nadal for 209 weeks. Each player has occupied the top position at the end of the year five times. The Big Three have played each other in 145 matches, including 69 finals.

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Of all the matches, 46 have been played at Grand Slam tournaments, including 22 finals. The first match between two players of the Big Three occurred in March 2004 at the Miami Masters, where Nadal defeated Federer. Federer and Djokovic first met in April 2006 at the Monte Carlo Masters. Nadal and Djokovic first faced each other a month later at the 2006 French Open.