Formula One driver George Russell made the assertion that one does not become the best by emulating others, and he provided instances of tennis players Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal to back up his point. Even though the Big Three are widely considered to be the greatest tennis players of all time, each of them plays in a unique and distinct style.
In order to become the next all-time great, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Russell told him not to mimic Hamilton. “There are probably the three greatest tennis players of all time, with three completely different approaches to their game,” Russell said in an interview with Formula 1 Beyond the Grid.
“Do not strive to copy what other great individuals have done if you want to be the best or the best version of yourself, I believe! He is the best since he is done whatever he is set out to do successfully for himself.
What tennis player do you aspire to be like, and who inspires you? What about Rafael Nadal? Try to imitate Federer’s game if you can. No, I am not copying Djokovic. When I saw this analogy, I was reminded that, like these three great tennis players, you should always follow your gut.”
This year’s GOAT match-up between Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer is far from over.
At the beginning of the 2022 season, the Big Three were tied at 20 Grand Slams each. While Djokovic leads Nadal with 22 Grand Slams, Nadal leads with 21 Grand Slams.
Federer, who has not competed since Wimbledon 2021, is now ranked third with 20 Grand Slam titles. Federer will no longer be a part of the Big Three when the tournament resumes in 2022. The immunization history of Djokovic may prevent him from participating in the US Open, but Nadal is expected to play. Due to the Laver Cup’s late September start date, Federer is also unlikely to play.