The trio of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are commonly referred to as The Big Three. They have been the most successful men’s singles players for the last two decades. Among the three Rafael Nadal holds the all-time total titles record at 22. Whereas Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tied at 20 titles each.
Since the 2003 Australian Open, the Big Three have dominated men’s singles, winning 62 of the past 77 Grand Slam titles up to the 2022 French Open.
The trio of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic has completed a Career Grand Slam by winning all four Grand Slams at least once. Among them the Serb is the first man in the Open Era to achieve a non-calendar year Grand Slam. He is also the only man in history to hold all four majors at once across three different surfaces. Rafa is the only man in history to complete the Career Grand Slam and win an Olympic gold medal in both singles and doubles.
What is the unique record shared by The Big Three?
Recently a Twitter user shared a very interesting and unique record which is held by the Big Three. They wrote, “Djokovic, Nadal or Federer have made it to the semi-finals in 72 of the past 73 Grand Slams. The golden age of tennis.”
Djokovic, Nadal or Federer have made it to the semifinals in 72 of the past 73 Grand Slams 😮
The golden age of tennis 🙌 pic.twitter.com/vNT4AeMiHb
— Luigi Gatto (@gigicat7_) July 5, 2022
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are the top three players who have won most no. of Grand Slam men’s singles titles. The trio also hold the record for most Grand Slam finals reached.
Roger Federer and Djokovic have reached 31 finals and Nadal has reached 30 finals. They are the only three men to win eight or more singles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament: Nadal with 14 French Open titles, Djokovic with 9 Australian Open titles and Federer with 8 Wimbledon titles.
The three have held the top spot in the ATP men’s singles rankings for 892 weeks, i.e., almost 17 years. Nole has been ranked no.1 for an ATP record 373 weeks, Federer for 310 weeks, and Nadal for 209 weeks.
The Swiss holds the all-time record for the most number of Wimbledon Open wins; winning eight titles. Nadal holds the record for most number of French Open wins with fourteen titles to his name. Current world no.1, Djokovic holds the record for most number of Australia Open wins, with nine titles to his name.