Stat Proves Novak Djokovic Dominates Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in Marquee Events

Published 04/18/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 14, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his second round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

That the Big 3 – combined nickname for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – have lorded men’s tennis for years is a fact that isn’t open to debate or dispute.


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However, when one puts their unchallenged supremacy in context, in terms of statistics, they look frightfully formidable and their numbers scarcely believable.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have registered a staggering statistic


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One such piece of statistics has now come to light shows the extent to which Federer, Nadal and Djokovic literally ran the show in men’s tennis from the mid-2000s.

It says that the Big 3 together played 131 tournaments, winning a staggering 106 of them.

Even if you break down their wins, the numbers seem no less mind-boggling.

Novak Djokovic leads the tally with 39 championship wins, followed by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

It also shows how Djokovic has dominated his Big 3 rivals with regard to the number of titles won. Each had a fair share of the combined championship victories, with Djokovic, the current World No.1 and reigning Australian Open champion leading with 39 titles.

Nadal, who won a record 13th French Open title last year, ranks second with 35 championship trophies. Federer takes third place with 32 titles to his name.

Rafael Nadal of Spain congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on winning their Men’s Final as Roger Federer holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup match on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

However, what the piece of stat doesn’t mention is that in most of these tournaments, if not all, one of the Big 3 would have finished runner-up or somewhere deep.

Also, most of these tournaments are either Masters 1000 events – Miami, Indian Wells, Cincinnati, Hamburg, Monte-Carlo et al or Grand Slams, underlining their stranglehold on marquee events.

While the men’s game has since seen the emergence of a clutch of new stars, some of whom are being touted as ones who will take the mantle from the Big 3 in time, these are numbers that may stand the test of time.


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This year, so far, has seen neither of the two Masters 1000 titles fall in the Big 3’s lap.

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic headlined a raft of marquee names that were missing from the men’s draw at Miami Masters and the event crowned a new champion in the form of Pole Hubert Hurkacz.


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At the Monte-Carlo Masters, both Nadal, an 11-time champion, and Djokovic suffered early exits, much to the dismay of their fans.


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.



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