The rivalry between the members of the “Big Three” makes friendship between them impossible.
Since Roger Federer formalizes his retirement, the “Big Three” is no more. In an interview given to Corriere della Sera on the sidelines of the Masters 1000 in Rome, Novak Djokovic had the opportunity to discuss the nature of his links with the Swiss and Rafael Nadal. Unsurprisingly, “Nole” reveals that he has never had a friendly relationship with them.
“With Roger, we have never been friends, between rivals, it is impossible. But we have never been enemies. I’ve always had respect for Federer, he’s one of the greatest of all time. He had an extraordinary impact, but I was never close to him.”confides the Serbian champion before evoking an anecdote about Nadal. “He’s only a year older than me, we’re both Gemini. At first, we even went to dinner together, several times. But even with him friendship was impossible. I have always respected and admired him. It is thanks to him, and Federer, that I grew up and became what I am. It will unite us forever, which is why I am grateful to them. Nadal is part of my life. Over the past 15 years, I’ve seen him more than my mother. »
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The three men are unquestionably the greatest champions in the history of tennis. As a reminder, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have both won 22 Grand Slam titles, while Roger Federer has 20 to his name.