The big three have cruised into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon (Picture: Getty)World No.1 Novak Djokovic believes the dominance of the big three – himself, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – is rooted in both their dedication and experience.
The trio have cruised into the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, all winning in straight sets in the fourth round, with Federer the most impressive as he dropped just five games against Matteo Berrettini.
Despite the big three getting older, their dominance over the sport remains the same – winning the last 10 Grand Slams – though Djokovic admits something will have to give eventually.
Federer only needed one hour and 14 minutes to see off Berrettini on Monday (Picture: Getty)He told reporters: ‘I think we are working as hard as anybody really to be there. I think the experience we have helps confidence, everything that we have achieved in our careers obviously we carry onto the court, then most of the players feel that, feel pressure.
‘For us it’s another match on the centre stage that we’ve experienced so many times. I think that’s one of the reasons why we, I guess, feel comfortable being there and managing to play our best consistently.
‘Now, after that, it takes hours of training, preparation, recovery. It’s a lifestyle really. Dedication truly pays off. I guess each one of us top three guys is different, but I think we share that in common, that we just love the game and we are very dedicated to it.
‘We have high aims all the time. I don’t think any one of us plays for fun or to just be part of the tour. We play there to be the best in the world. I think competitiveness between us has escalated over the years, has brought us to that level where we are still competing.
Nadal looked very impressive in his fourth-round win over Joao Sousa (Picture: Getty)‘It’s great that I’m one of these three guys and still very successful. We talked about it many times, of course, that you see new faces in sport. Young guys will eventually replace us at the top spots of the world. This is going to happen? When? Hopefully not too soon, but it’s going to happen.
‘I guess we don’t want that to happen soon, so… Eventually one day, I guess.’
On the impact Nadal and Federer have had on his own career, he added: ‘It’s for me definitely an honour and pleasure to be part of the same era with these two guys, without a doubt. I’ve said this millions of times before, that I am the player that I am today because of these guys, mostly because of the rivalries I have with two of them.’