Formula One driver George Russell made the observation that greatness isn’t achieved through imitation, and he used the success of tennis players Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal to illustrate his point. The Big Three are widely regarded as tennis’s top three players of all time, but they couldn’t be more different in terms of their playing styles.
Lewis Hamilton is the greatest Formula One driver of all time, but his Mercedes teammate, Russell, has told him he doesn’t have to emulate Hamilton to succeed. According to Sportskeeda’s paraphrasing of Russell’s comments on the Formula 1 Beyond the Grid podcast, “you have probably the three greatest tennis players of all time, with three totally different approaches to their game.”
“To be the best, or at least the best version of yourself, I don’t think it’s a good idea to go out and imitate what the best has done. To be the best, Hamilton had to discover what made him tick and how to make that work for others.
Who do you model your tennis game after? Is Nadal your model? Are you a Federer imitator? Is Djokovic your model? While there is currently only Lewis in motorsport, the three tennis greats inspired me to think, “You just have to do what is good for you.”
At the start of the 2022 season, the Big Three were all tied with 20 Grand Slam titles apiece. Nadal has won a record 22 Grand Slams through the first seven months of the season, with Djokovic in second place with 21. Since Wimbledon 2021, Federer has been out of competition and is now ranked third with 20 Grand Slam titles.
The Big Three continue to rule the Grand Slam circuit in 2022, despite Federer’s absence. Nadal is likely to compete in the US Open, whereas Djokovic might skip it because of his views on vaccines. Federer is also not expected to participate because he won’t be ready to play until the Laver Cup at the end of September.
Federer has held the position of World Champion before.
Roger Federer gave an informal interview to the Swiss newspaper Coopzeitung, focusing on his two sons and two daughters and the things they enjoy doing together in their spare time.
I haven’t formally instructed them in card games, but Uno has proven to be quite the hit. I also spent two weeks of the pandemic with my kids working on a Lego version of Harry Potter’s castle. After that, we put in a small table tennis set, and now that’s where we spend a lot of our time together as a family.”