Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal Are Like Einstein, Says Ivan Ljubicic

Published 01/20/2021, 8:00 AM EST
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 04: Roger Federer of Switzerland practices with his coach, Ivan Ljubicic at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on before the start of the Rolex Shanghai Masters in Shanghai, China. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)


Over the past decade, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have enthralled fans. The spectacular quality of tennis showcased by these individuals is world-class and has evolved the game. Together, these guys have won 57 Grand Slam titles. At last year’s French Open, Rafa equaled Roger’s record of holding 20 Grand Slam titles.

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As a matter of fact, these players are chasing each other’s record to outdo the other. Although they’re in their mid-thirties and Roger will be entering into the forties this year. The sheer will and desire to compete at the highest level, after all the accomplishments, indicate the hunger that yet remains amongst these legends. 

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)

The Mindset of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic Defers Amongst the Rest

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Recently, Five-Time US Open winner, Roger Federer’s coach Ivan Ljubicic spoke on what makes these three players so special. He said, “It has to be the mindset, you know, you have to be really believing that you can do something that has never been done before and you don’t make a big fuss about it.” 

Ivan highlighted the importance of these athletes. They do things in a different manner and their achievements in the game have never been accomplished with such a demeanor. He even compared the ‘big three’ to the great, Albert Einstein, for their ability to invent rather than follow footsteps.  

“I admire incredibly these athletes, they’re able to do something that has never been done before this. This is something like the inventors, you know, they’re like Einstein, you know, how do you think of something that nobody has thought about it before? And how do you do something that has never been done before this is?”

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Ivan Ljubicic: Easy to Challenge People at the Top

“It’s in a way easier to follow easier to kind of challenge people who are on the top, you know, you just kind of see them in front of you and you run it’s like, in the race, you know, it’s easier to follow that and be the one who is breaking new ground. So absolutely, I mean, it’s, every single one of them.”

Coming back into the current season, Rafael Nadal along with Novak Djokovic will be the top seeds at the Australian Open. Roger Federer has pulled out of the tournament and hopes to join the Tour soon. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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