Alexander Zverev Tops Unique List With Enviable Record Against Federer, Nadal and Djokovic

Published 05/08/2021, 5:47 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 7, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Sergio Perez


Having claimed his biggest scalp on clay in the form of Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev has not only gone a step closer to lifting his second Madrid title after 2018 but has also shot past some of his fellow Next-Gen stars to top a unique list.

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The current World No.6 has topped a list of tennis stars born since 1997 who have recorded the most official victories over the Big 3 – combined moniker for Roger Federer, Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.

Born in 1997, the German has nine career wins over the Big 3, four of which have come against the Swiss champion.

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Alexander Zverev has most wins over Big 3 among players born since 1997

What’s more, Zverev holds 4-3 lead over Federer in seven career head-to-head clashes. The quarter-final victory over Nadal gave him his third straight win over the Spaniard, helping him reduce his head-to-head deficit to 3-5.

Alexander Zverev of Germany congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on victory following their singles match on day three of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

With another couple of career wins over Djokovic, the current World No.1, under his belt, Zverev has a record against the Big 3 that few among the current crop can replicate.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has the second-most career wins over Big 3

Current World No.5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was born in 1998, sits second on the list with six career wins and two each against Federer, Nadal, and DjokovicRussian tennis star and current World No.7 Andrey Rublev is third on the list with a win apiece against Federer and Rafael Nadal.

In his only on-court meeting with the Swiss to date, the Russian put it past the champion at the 2019 Western and Southern Open.

Pulling off arguably his biggest win on clay, the 1997-born Rublev took down 11-time champion Nadal at the Monte-Carlo Masters this year.

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Canadian star Denis Shapovalov, born in 1999, rounds off the list at No.4 with a solitary win over the 13-time French Open champion.

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The likes of current World No.3 Daniil Medvedev and reigning US Open Dominic Thiem, who are also tipped to carry forward the Big 3 legacy, also have career wins over the trio but were born before 1997.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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