“Phenomenal For Our Sport”: Novak Djokovic Wants People to Continue Talking About the ‘Big Three’ Rivalry

Published 09/03/2021, 2:26 PM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently advanced to the third round of the US Open 2021. The Serbian legend crushed Tallon Griekspoor in straight sets to seal the second round victory at the Grand Slam. The final scoreline of the match was 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.

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In a recent interview to Tennismajors.com, Novak Djokovic, opened up about his intense rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He mentioned that the ‘Big Three’ complement each other and their rivalry is something that is good for the sport.

“We do complement each other. I think the rivalry between the big three, so to say, it’s phenomenal for our sport,” said Djokovic in the interview.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the match point during their final singles match. Day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Djokovic believes that the ongoing G.O.A.T debate is actually healthy for tennis. He even stated that it is better if more and more of such debates and conversations take place.

“So the more traction, the more conversation there is around the three of us, the G.O.A.T. discussion, et cetera, the better in general for our sport,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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Novak Djokovic wants people to keep talking about the ‘Big Three’

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Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal have won about 90% of the Grand Slam titles since Federer won his maiden major at the Wimbledon Championships 2003. Interestingly, they have won 60 Grand Slams in the last 18 years combined and have taken the sport to a whole new level. As a result, Nole wants people to continue talking about their rivalry.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final. Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“I hope people still keep on talking about it,” concluded the World No.1 player.

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Novak Djokovic will now face Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the third round of the US Open 2021. Fans have huge expectations from him and want him to keep playing with the same momentum. Will he be able to accomplish his Calendar Slam in New York this year?

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