Tennis news: “Roger pushed the boundaries, then Rafa pushed him before Novak came on stage to spoil the party”

Roger Federer pushed the boundaries of tennis greatness before Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic added more spice to the race to be the ‘greatest of all time’ in men’s tennis, believes tennis great Mats Wilander. The Swede shared his views on the GOAT debate between the Big 3 before lavishing further praise on Djokovic.

The Big 3 era saw its first major retirement this season with Federer bidding goodbye to the sport at the Laver Cup in September. Both his greatest rivals were part of his farewell tournament and the images of them shedding tears after Federer’s final match will live in the memory of tennis fans for a long time.

Reflecting on a healthy rivalry between the Big 3 through the last two decades, Wilander shared his assessment of how each of the three greats made their mark on the world stage. The seven-time Grand Slam singles champion highlighted how Djokovic “spoiled the party” for Federer and Nadal.

“Roger pushed the boundaries, then Rafa pushed him before Novak came on stage to spoil the party,” Wilander said in a recent interview with Eurosport.

Wilander also feels that each of the three years created an impact with their unique playing styles.

“Three opposing playing styles of the trio, which emerged at different times,” Wilander added.

The three-time Australian Open and French Open champion also praised the Serb for his physical and mental strength and dominance on the court.

“The guy is physically an absolute exception and emotionally an animal on the tennis court – amazing,” Wilander said on Djokovic.


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