The Grand Slam tournaments are the four most important annual tennis tournaments.
The Australian Open (played on hard court) is the first major of the year, taking place in mid-January, followed by French Open (played on clay) in May/June.
Wimbledon, is the only of the four majors to be played on grass, takes place in June/July, the Grand Slam seasons finishes with the US Open (hard court) played in August/September.
The years between 2015 – 2019 it has been known as the golden age of men’s tennis, because of the high quality of tennis produced and helped produced across these years by the following big players:
Roger Federer of Switzerland
Rafael Nadal of Spain
Novak Djokovic of Serbia
During their career, this amazing champions together were able to win 55 out of 66 Grand Slams men’s singles titles.
Let’s recap one by one all their victories:
Roger Federer, 38 years old is the oldest between the Big Three. He is currently ranked world No. 3 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals and he holds the all-time record No. 1 ranked at that post for a total of 310 weeks.
He has won a record-breaking 20 Grand Slam titles, including five consecutive victories at Wimbledon from 2003 to 2007 and other three in 2009, 2012 and 2017 (8 total).
Federer also won five consecutive titles at the US Open from 2004 to 2008, breaking the previous record of three consecutive titles achieved by Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe, one French Open in 2009 and finally six Australian Open titles (2004,2006,2007,2010,2017 and 2018).
Federer is also the only player after Jimmy Connors to have won 100 or more career singles titles, as well as to amass 1,200 wins in the Open Era.
Rafael Nadal Parera, 33 years old, currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis.
With his epic Sunday victory against Daniil Medvedev he took the fourth US Open title, Rafael Nadal won his 19th Grand Slam title on Sunday epic US Open final against Daniil Medvedev, he is currently one step away from all-time men’s record Federer.
In total, he won four US Open Grand Slam (2010, 2013, 2017, 2019), one Australian Open title on 2009 and two Wimbledon Grand Slam (2008,2010).
Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles(2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019).
Novak Djokovic, 32 years old is currently ranked world No. 1 in ATP rankings for over 260 weeks.
Djokovic has won 16 Grand Slam singles titles, he has won a record seven Australian Open titles (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019), five Wimbledon titles (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019), three US Open titles (2011, 2015, 2018), and one French Open title in 2016.
Taking into consideration the age of all the three champions, Federer 38, Nadal 33 and Djokovic 32, the question is: Will Nadal be able to break Federer’s record? Since Djokovic is the youngest one will he be able to keep manage to continue his consistent run at the Slams?
Roger is approximately winning .95 titles per year throughout his professional career, with Rafa and Novak 1.05 and 1 respectively. It really comes down to how many years each player will continue as a pro, but according to statistics, it seems that the Spaniard has the upper hand and will battle it down with the Serb. Also, it is more likely that Roger will face more injuries due to his age.
The debate is open!