“Slightly Annoying”: Matteo Berrettini on Playing Against Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 10/25/2021, 10:24 AM 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)


Over the past two decades, there are three names in the men’s game that have dominated the scenes in world tennis. Those players go by the name of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. As of today, they are tied on 20 Grand Slam titles each. 

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Recently, Matteo Berrettini took the names of these three players. He praised Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic. When he was asked who is the toughest player he has faced so far, the Italian player named the Big 3. He even joked that had these three players not been there, he would’ve won more titles by now. 

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The 25-year-old spoke on this and stated, “I would need to go with Djokovic, Nadal, or Federer. Arguably the three greatest players of all time. It has been exciting to be played simultaneously as all three, but also slightly annoying (joking) as I’d probably have a few more trophies at home.”

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are in a different league

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The greatness of the Swiss maestro, the Spanish ace, and the Serbian machine has been unmatched by any player that has ever played this sport. The fact we have got to witness these players all at one time is a blessing for fans. One can say at certain points during their careers, they have all pushed each other to become better players. 

Sep 4, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Matteo Berrettini of Italy hits a forehand against Ilya Ivashka of Belarus (not pictured) on day six of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Coming to tennis, Federer ended his season after requiring another knee surgery. He will take a while to come back on a tennis court again. Similarly, Nadal ended his season too after his foot has yet not healed. He is targeting a return early on in 2022.

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Sadly, Djokovic lost the US Open final and ended his hopes of winning all four Majors in a single season. We hope to see the players return back from their injuries stronger and also it will be interesting to see how the Serb finished this season off. 

Watch this story: The Journey of Roger Federer to the Elite Billionaire’s Club

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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