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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic: The Big 3’s dominance in men’s tennis and the path to GOAT status

SportsRoger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic: The Big 3's dominance in men's tennis and the path to GOAT status

When Novak Djokovic lost the first set of the men’s singles final at Wimbledon on Sunday against Nick Kyrgios, there must have been many tennis fans all over the world who felt, for the briefest of moments, that an upset might be in the cards. Nick Kyrgios defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the match.

But the manner in which Djokovic came back to win the next three sets and capture his fourth consecutive triumph at SW19 and his seventh overall was one more reminder of how much the “Big 3” dominate men’s tennis. Djokovic won his fourth straight title at SW19 and his seventh overall. Only Roger Federer, who has won eight men’s singles championships at Wimbledon, is now ahead of Novak Djokovic on the record for the most men’s singles titles won at Wimbledon.

As a result of his victory on Sunday, Novak Djokovic moved into exclusive possession of the second position spot on the record for the most Grand Slam singles trophies won in the men’s recreation category. He is currently one Grand Slam title short of Rafael Nadal, who has won 22, and one Grand Slam trophy ahead of Roger Federer (20).

That may be rephrased to say that between the three of them, Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer own a total of 63 men’s singles Grand Slam championships. This is the case regardless of whatever tournament they compete in. And it is a number that may be hard to get one’s head around.

Since Roger Federer won his first Wimbledon championship in 2003, here is a graphic that provides a quick glimpse at just how much these three guys have dominated the sport of men’s tennis since that time.

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