Alex Corretja Explains How ‘Big 3’ Still Dominate the Grand Slams

Published 06/07/2020, 3:36 AM EDT


Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have been dominating the tennis tour for the past decade and a half. The three have a from stranglehold at the Grand Slama, owning a combined 56 Major titles. The ‘Big 3’ is still going strong in the latter stage of their career, sharing the last 13 Slams amongst themselves.

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Former French Open runner up Alex Corretja explained how the ‘Big Three’ are still dominating the tour even well past the age of 30. He also recounted when he played with Federer and Nadal and could see how they want to improve every day.

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Corretja revealed in an interview on Eurosport that he played with Roger several times and explained that despite having good footwork and possessing some great shots and serve, he was still improving.

Alex also reminiscence when he played with Nadal in Barcelona in 2 degrees when the latter had donned a sleeveless t-shirt. On the other hand, Corretja revealed he was wearing a ‘scarf, a hat, and everything’.

“The first ball I threw to him, he went like boom and he was only 16-year-old. So I stopped the ball and said, ‘how can you hit so hard the first ball’. He said, ‘I am playing 100% full speed from the first ball to the last ball’. And I said oh this guy is something special,” said Alex.

“They started to believe that they can be the best” – Alex Corretja

He explained that the ‘Big Three’ believe that they can be the best in history which keeps them motivated even after so many years.

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“With Novak, I didn’t have the chance to hit with him when I was professional. But what I feel is like as the time went on they realized that they could do even better than people like Mats Wilander or Guga Kuerten or Boris Becker or Ivan Lendl. They started to believe that they can be the best in history,” Corretja added.

“So I think all of them are creating a system where they need to improve their game an become a better player and at the same time looking ahead thinking like ‘why can’t I be the best in history’? That is what is giving them a feeling, the passion, and the love they have for the game but also the fact that they can become the greatest,” he concluded.

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Federer is currently leading the Grand Slam race with 20 titles. However, Nadal and Djokovic are not far behind with 19 and 17 Slams on their name respectively. It is still subjective to decide who amongst the ‘Big 3’ will end up with the most number of Grand Slams.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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