‘One Day Big 3 Will End’ – Despite Denying His Life Long Tennis Dream, Juan Martin Del Potro Has Only Good Things to Say About Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 03/16/2023, 11:30 AM EDT

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Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, recently spoke about his dream in a recent interview. He shared the intricate details about the dream that he had been unable to achieve. Despite having won US Open Championship and numerous other titles, Del Potro revealed that his only regret was not being able to reach the top of the world rankings. He spoke about the Big Three- Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic and how they were instrumental in his career.

Del Potro acknowledged the fact that the Big 3 had been a formidable force in men’s tennis for many years. He was not bitter about the fact that he hadn’t yet achieved his dream of becoming world number one.

Potro talks intricate details about the Big 3 – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic


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In a recent interview, Del Potro said, “The only thing I lacked was being numbered 1. It has always been a dream and I have always worked for it.

However, he also mentioned that he was proud of his career. He had never felt that he had failed because of the presence of Roger Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic. The Argentine player also talked about the current state of men’s tennis and the future of the sport. He explained that there would be no new Big 3 in the coming years.

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The Argentine shared, “One day Big 3 will end and we have Carlos Alcaraz there, Jannik Sinner or Holger Rune, other young people who are going to score the circuit, but for me for many years – the Big 3 – there will be something similar.”

Potro only had good things to say about Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. He acknowledged their greatness and the impact that they had on the sport.


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Potro’s comments highlighted the impact of the Big 3 on the sport. He also added how their legacies will be remembered for years to come.

Potro once spoke in details about his win against the Swiss GOAT

Potro’s victory over Roger Federer in the 2009 US Open final denied the Swiss star a chance at achieving an incredible record. Federer had already won the Channel Slam (French Open and Wimbledon) the same year. He was just one game away from claiming three Slams in a single year. However, Potro decided to win and crown his legacy on that same day.


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Potro felt that Federer was tired and lost control of his play. He capitalized on that and grabbed the crucial details to beat the Swiss star. The Argentine had only good things to say about Federer, who he considers an example on and off the field. Potro’s win, coupled with his victory over Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, made him the first tennis player to defeat Federer and Nadal at the same Grand Slam.



Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He developed an unbridled love for tennis from the moment his father introduced him to the sport. Watching Roger Federer dominate the ATP tour with his unique and effortless style played a pivotal role in pushing Aditya to write about tennis for national publications.

Edited By: Arijit Saha