“We Are 3 Players Tied”: Rafael Nadal Commends Novak Djokovic For Keeping Slams in Big Three’s Account at Wimbledon

Published 07/11/2021, 6:02 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


The tennis fraternity witnessed history on Sunday as Serbia’s Novak Djokovic lifted up his 20th Grand Slam after defeating Matteo Berritini at Wimbledon Championships 2021 finals.

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He not just seized his sixth Wimbledon crown, in fact, he tied the Major count of his arch-rivals maestro Roger Federer and the Spanish warrior Rafael Nadal.

In other words, by kissing the silver gilt cup on the turf of SW19, the ‘Serbinator’ settled the ‘GOAT’ debate that was prevailing for over a decade.

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal send their wishes to Novak Djokovic following his Wimbledon Championships 2021 triumph

Following his historic 4-set triumph under the English sky against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, the entire tennis society felicitated Djokovic with their warm wishes including the 8-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.

Later, the same evening, as the Euro 2020 finals’ scores were 1-1 in Wembley, his long-time friend and foe Rafael Nadal sent wishes to Nole via his warm tweet.

“Congrats Novak Djokovic on this amazing achievement. 20 Grand Slam titles is huge and it is amazing that we are 3 players tied on this. Well done and, again, congrats to you and your team for this!” Rafa tweeted.

The present era of men’s tennis has been simply surreal to breathe in for each and every enthusiast of the sport. Undeniably, the one-sided dominance (amongst three players) we are witnessing, is unlikely to be emulated in the subsequent decades for the sport.

‘Big Three’ has snatched away 60 Slams from nearly five generations of tennis, and disappointed numerous deserving tennis professionals by halting their Major breakthrough.

Tennis fans born in the early 2000s have mostly been witnessing the rotation of Grand Slam trophies amongst the ‘Big Four’ of tennis.

And in the last decade of tennis, only US Open 2014, 2020, and Wimbledon Championships 2016 featured Grand Slam finalists who were not named Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after winning his final match alongside Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Steven Paston

Djokovic’s upcoming goals in 2021

World No.1 Novak Djokovic doesn’t seem to relax or give his tennis racquet some rest in the upcoming few weeks.

Following his victory in Melbourne in February, the monumental win over Rafa in the semifinals of Paris, the taxing comeback in Roland Garros finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, and tasting the grass in the Mecca of tennis, Wimbledon, Djokovic is now chasing his Calendar Slam glory in the Big Apple.

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In men’s tennis only legend Rod laver did it in the year 1969.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy as he celebrates after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Ben Solomon

Earlier, Novak Djokovic was trying to draw parallels with Steffi Graf’s prestigious Golden Slam from 1988 in Tokyo this year.

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However, with the COVID-19 protocols becoming stricter each day and the Olympics opting to hold behind the closed doors in the Japanese capital, ‘the most complete player of tennis’, Djokovic is skeptical to take his flight to the land of the rising sun later this month.

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Mahalakshmi Murali

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Mahalakshmi Murali joined EssentiallySports in 2018 as a tennis author and has gone on to pen more than 1800 engaging articles, probing into various aspects of the sport and its illustrious players. With her expertise on the sport, Mahalakshmi has interviewed stalwarts from the sport such as Serena WIlliams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou and Kevin Anderson’s physio, Carlos Costa. Equipped with her vast experience and a keen understanding of the sport, Mahalakshmi now co-heads the tennis department.

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