‘They Are Myths’: Former French Open Finalist Heaps Praise on Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic’s Legacy

Published 12/21/2021, 2:26 PM 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)


Two-time French Open finalist Alex Corretja, who was present at the Playtomic Padel Awards, talked about various topics ranging from the Big-3 to the new Davis Cup format.

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The Spanish tennis player, who is passionate about Padel Tennis, attended the event conducted by Playtomic, a sporting marketplace that connects players with local clubs in Spain. Immediately after answering a question on the legacy left by Rafael Nadal once he retires, Corretja was asked about his achievements along with those of Federer and Djokovic.

Alex Corretja talks about the Big-3 legacy

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It is difficult to understand how they have been able to achieve it and make such a difference from others. It is also curious how they have been able to continue to evolve and always continue to win”, Corretja said over the achievements of Big-3.

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Spaniard was realistic in mentioning that all the three of them will be missed once they retire but the youngsters are catching up.

“I think they are going to be missed because they are myths, but other stars always end up arriving that one way or another make you vibrate again”. 

Corretja backs Rafael Nadal to make a successful comeback on ATP tour

Alex Corretja also gave a practical insight to Nadal‘s career going forward and expressed a great deal of respect towards his compatriot.

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Rafa will retire being a winner, whatever happens. No matter how he was before, he has to assess how he wants to face what he has left from now on, but being Rafa you always have the feeling that he still has a bullet in his chamber to do something great”.

Corretja made a valid point when he mentioned that Nadal will retire as a winner no matter what happens in his 2022 comeback. After losing both his exhibition matches at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, Nadal flew back home where he tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Spaniard is currently in isolation and at the moment, his chances of boarding the flight to Australia are pretty slim. Even before he was tested positive, Nadal mentioned that he had to discuss with his team over his decision to play the Australian Open next January.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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