American tennis player Sam Querrey says the ‘Big Three’ of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic may dominate men’s singles tennis until they decide to retire.
The trio of players will all be in action in the Wimbledon semifinals later today (Friday), with Djokovic taking on Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the first match on Centre Court, before Federer and Nadal renew their epic rivalry in the second clash.
Querrey faced Nadal in the quarterfinals on Wednesday and was beaten in straight sets. The left-hander is 33, Djokovic 32 and Federer 37, yet the trio show no sign of relinquishing their iron-clad grip on men’s singles tennis to a younger generation.
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The last non ‘Big Three’ player to win a Grand Slam was Stan Wawrinka at the 2016 US Open, while 46 of the last 54 Grand Slam titles have been shared by Federer, Djokovic and Nadal.
"In order to kind of break that streak, it's most likely beating Rafa, Federer, Djokovic. The mountain gets very steep from here to break that trend, but I'm going to do the best I can,” said Querrey.
“I like playing here. I'm comfortable here. This seems to be the slam where you've got odd results, if you want to call them, over the, you know, last 25 years.
“It's pretty incredible, their dominance. They don't seem to take a slam off, rarely a Masters Series off.
“They're engaged and focused match in, match out for 15 years. It's incredible.
“I think it's good those guys dominate. They might just dominate till the day they retire. I don't think it sends a message or anything to those guys.
“You know, it's just incredible, the focus of those top three guys, they can just keep it up.”