The men’s circuit has been controlled by The Big 3 for more than 15 years. The first three Grand Slams of 2022 were split between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, further intensifying their rivalry and the GOAT discussion. While the Serbian won Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career, the Spaniard won the Australian Open and Roland Garros.
Nole saved a season that was on the verge of collapse by defeating his idol Pete Sampras and earning his fourth consecutive championship at Church Road. The 35-year-old Belgrade player is putting in a lot of hard court work in the hopes that she would be able to fly to the US to compete in the US Open.
Nadal will have a wonderful opportunity to climb higher in the all-time rankings of the Majors with the “Djoker” out of the picture. The speech regarding Roger Federer is more complicated because he is currently struggling after undergoing a third operation on his right knee.
The Laver Cup, which will be held at the O2 Arena in London from September 23 to 25, will see the comeback of the 40-year-old Swiss. Before making his Washington debut, Taylor Fritz spoke at a press conference to discuss what it takes to take on the Big 3.
Commentary from Taylor Fritz on the Big 3.
Taylor Fritz, the third-seeded player in the Washington event, held a protracted news conference during which he inexplicably brought up his quarterfinal matchup with Rafael Nadal.
The American acknowledged that he still lacked something against the circuit’s tenors even after explaining that he was prepared for this kind of duel. “I thought what I learned from that game was that I mentally showed myself that I could overcome the challenge of playing against one of these extremely great personalities.
I had a lot of significant victories and participated in a lot of excellent matches, but I never faced Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic. It’s a significant mental challenge, in my opinion. In addition, the 36-year-old was competing effectively at Wimbledon.
He was forced to sit out and miss his semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios due to an unfortunate injury, though. In his quarterfinal encounter against Taylor Fritz, Rafa tore his abdominal muscle, which sidelined him for three to four weeks.
The star athlete recently returned to the hard court to prepare for the forthcoming American swing. It will be intriguing to watch how well he can prepare for the year’s final Grand Slam given the short amount of time left before the US Open.