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Rafael Nadal ‘surpasses’ Novak Djokovic and puts Roger Federer in his sights: the figure
Defeating Nick Kyrgios in four sets, Novak Djokovic won his fourth Wimbledon title in a row and eighth overall by defeating the Australian in straight sets.
Former world number ones Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both won the three Grand Slam tournaments that have been played thus far this year. Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open-Roland Garros one-two punch was followed by Wimbledon for the Serbian tennis player.
Roger Federer, the oldest of the Big 3, became the first of the Big Three to win a Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003. Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer have won 63 of the 76 Slam competitions that have been available in the last 19 years.
The tennis trio has only been broken by a few other players. At the top of the list are Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, both of whom have won three Slam titles between them (all except Wimbledon).
It was Daniil Medvedev‘s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final match of the US Open that prevented the Serbian from completing a calendar grand slam. The Big 3‘s dominance, which seems to have no end, extends to ATP rankings as well as Slam victories.
However, Rafael Nadal has returned to the world’s top three tennis players after failing to win a point at Wimbledon, putting him behind Daniil Medvedev, who tops the rankings, and Alexander Zverev.
The Iberian champion is now the fourth-oldest player to hold one of the top three spots in the global rankings as a result of his comeback.
Nadal’s return to the top three
Rafael Nadal has returned to the top three of the global rankings, four months after his last appearance, despite his age of 36 years and one month.
A year younger than Novak Djokovic, the winner of 14 Roland Garros titles, the Serb is now 35 years and 1 month old. Despite his advanced age, Ken Rosewall, who was once ranked among the world’s top three golfers, is still in the lead.
Roger Federer, who will turn 38 in 2020, and Rod Laver, who “stopped” at the age of 36, are the next two in line.