In a press conference during the US Open, Andy Murray made some interesting observations about the longevity of Rafael Nadal Y Novak Djokovic. Andy explained: «If you look at the way Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic move, who are about the same age as me, you realize that they haven’t had the slightest decline compared to 5-6 years ago.
I fell from that point of view.» The three-time Grand Slam champion then analyzed his performance against Matteo Berrettini: «I served poorly for most of the match, things got better only in the third set. He served very well and scored numerous points thanks to that shot.
I think that was the big difference. In the fourth set I got a break ahead, the game could have been there. Unfortunately I ran into a bad move to serve and the inertia returned to his side. In any case, I played a good match against one of the best in the world.
I can be satisfied with the level that I have expressed. I will try to do even better in the future.»
Rafa and Nole’s Slam battle
The Big 3 have had the ability to remain at the highest level even after 30 years.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still in the fight for the most important titles and have shared the first three Slams of the season. Indeed, the Spaniard won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, despite lingering foot pain that had fueled the specter of retirement.
The Serb, for his part, had several problems related to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The former world number 1 had to give up the Australian Open and the US Open for this reason, losing many positions in the ATP ranking.
However, the 35-year-old Belgian lifted his 2022 season by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career. In addition to having matched his idol Pete Sampras, Nole has shortened the distance that separates him from Nadal in the historical classification of the Majors.