“Still Be Here for a While Longer”: Rafael Nadal Has Bold Predictions for the Big 3

Published 12/08/2020, 9:00 AM EST
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)


It’s now time for the 2021 tennis season and there is still no one who can match the legacy of the ‘Big Three’. Although Roger Federer was not there in the 2020 season, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal continued to impress fans and finished at the first and second spots in the ATP rankings, respectively. Expectations are already high from them as tennis enters its new season.

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In a recent interview, Rafael Nadal talked about the future of the ‘Big Three’. He said that they were not going anywhere in the near future. The Spaniard also highlighted that they would continue to train themselves hard in order to win more matches.

“We’ll still be here for a while longer, competing and striving to win,” said the World No.2 Rafael Nadal.

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2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simone Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Court Philippe Chatrier during a packed Children’s Day at Roland Garros before the start of the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 26th, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Nadal clearly emphasized that each member of the Big Three would be competing with the same energy. He believed that they would be there as challengers to the ‘Next-Gen’ players for a little more time.

The last decade witnessed a complete dominance by the ‘Big Three’ in which they won about 90% of the Grand Slams. While Nadal and Djokovic are in their mid-thirties, Federer will be 40 in the upcoming season. Although it would be tough for them in a situation like this, Nadal believed that they would continue to make an impact in the next season too.

“True that it is a sad year in general”- Rafael Nadal

Rafa also talked about the difficulties everyone faced in the 2020 season. The coronavirus pandemic was surely an obstacle for the sport. However, Nadal believed that it was important for every player to find his or her path.

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his semi-final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

“We can’t let ourselves fall into everyday defeatism. I think that taking an optimistic view of life helps us get through difficult times. Work, dedication, passion, and commitment are required. Everyone has to find their own path and what makes them give the best of themselves,” added Rafa.

Nadal also revealed that although things were good with him this year, it was actually a sad year. “I have only taken part in five tournaments this year. Although things are going very well for me, it is definitely true that it is a sad year in general,” concluded the Spaniard.

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After winning his 20th Grand Slam title in 2020, Nadal will be looking forward to the next season. His priority will definitely be the Australian Open 2021, a title that he hasn’t won since 2009.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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