Compliment A Big 3 Player You Don’t Like.

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
So with Fed being 40 and mostly finished, Nadal struggling with injury and Djokovic being 34(yes I know he’s nowhere near finished) it seems like the greatest era in men’s tennis is quickly coming too a end. With all the arguing over goat and criticising eras etc I think most respect all 3 and I thought I’d create a thread too ask members to complement or praise a big 3 member(or all). It can be game style, achievements etc.

As a Djokovic fan.

Federer’s style which brought a lot of fans into tennis and his SF/F GS streak in his prime was something else.

Nadal record on Clay is just laughable. By far the highest level ever seen on a tennis court IMO. I rate Djokoerer better over all surfaces but Peak Nadal on Clay is highest I’ve ever seen
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
It's really quite amazing that with the two younger ATGs, they already don't lead Fed by more.
Well maybe Nadal but Djokovic only because a true elite at 23.5 and it was 16-1 and with Nadal always scooping RG it seems actually the opposite for me
 

Kralingen

Hall of Fame
In terms of a sports wide debate on which sport has the best athlete, djokovic is a good representative.
So is Nadal.

I don't dislike any of the Big 3 so will give compliments you don't usually hear for them.

Federer: underrated mental toughness, return, and defensive play. These aren't usually associated with him but he was exceptional at all 3. Especially defense/court coverage.
Our minds are distracted by his old/injured self and 40-15 but he came up with big winners on so many crucial points through his career. Never going to call him a choker or mental flake.

Nadal: underrated net game, best pure shotmaker on the run I have ever seen. Also his English improving to the level it is now throughout his career really impressed me.

Djokovic: underrated point construction and tactical game. His game is soooo much more than just being a pusher. Truly a complete player even if he looks a little awkward doing it.
Also I think he is the most open and honest of the 3, for better or for worse. I feel Djokovic is one of the most impressive athletes in any sport at overcoming adversity as well. Moreso than other two.
 

ND-13

Hall of Fame
I am surprised and disappointed in TTW we have not seen any nasty comments yet on the lines of 'Sorry, cannot come up with anything'.
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
I am surprised and disappointed in TTW we have not seen any nasty comments yet on the lines of 'Sorry, cannot come up with anything'.
Yeah same. Though I feel their favourite would be nothing without the other 2. If Fed was on 20 slams with the other 2 not existing he would be goat but it would make for no debate or banter.
I don’t like Nadal game and am neutral on Fed and yeah I do take shots at them etc but I respect both.
They are both mostly near the end and most will miss them whether they liked them or not
 

TopspintheTerrible

Professional
Djokovic’s mental strength is one of the biggest weapons in the history of tennis. Also, club level players can learn much more from watching his matches vs a Rafa/Fed match.
 
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Hitman

G.O.A.T.
I wouldn't say don't like, just not emotionally connected to as much as the other



Federer - If God blessed Sampras' shoulder, then he blessed Federer's wrist. The sheer magnificence with the way that Federer played was downright staggering at times, that even my old friend who doesn't like tennis, and has no interest in who the players are, once paused and looked at Federer on the screen and then asked me who he was.....after which he said - "Federer's got game." That sums up how Federer captured the imagination of the world with his spellbinding shots, his incalculable amount of highlight reels, and goodness knows how many shots he just invented on the fly in matches. Simply was never bored watching Federer in full flight, the most aggressive player I have ever seen, even more than Sampras and his dominance at his peak....you had to be watching it as it happened to truly appreciate just how other wordly it was.


Nadal - The lionheart of professional tennis, Nadal has always been THE X factor in every tournament that he has played in, his swashbuckling style, infectious energy and borderline ridiculous athletism can only be matched by his unyielding mental strength. The best big match player of this era, over the entire course of his career, Nadal took mental toughness to another level, bringing it point in point out that, you get exhausted of the level of appreciation you give him. The greatest ever single surface player of all time, who perfected the game on clay in a way no player has ever done it on any other surface. A force equal and opposite to Federer, but just as powerful and just as brillant.
 
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Deleted member 776614

Guest
I love the clips of Djokovic being cool and personal with the match staff - for example, letting the umbrella holder take a seat, then offering him a drink and taking the umbrella for awhile.
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
Don't hate him at all but he is not my top favorite.

Nadal is phenomenal. Never seen anyone else giving more epic matches and scaring to death more than the Spanish metador. He is part of almost every GOAT match in past 15 years.

He came back from a play where even his ardent supporters had lost hope. 2017 RG and then US open to finish the year at number 1 was a miracle. Probably the only guy you can never doubt.

And he is the best role model in tennis. Atheist as well. Best WAG among big 3. Great parents and family. Awesome yacht.
 

platypus50

New User
Nadal is an absolute machine on clay - I don't think his record of 13 French Opens will be broken in the next 100 years or maybe ever. He has also never smashed a racquet on court during a match and he's played his part in some epic 5 setters in slams.

I'm just not a fan of him because of his OCD rituals and his ridiculously slow pace of play.
 

Mr.Lob

Legend
I don't dislike any of the Big 3, so I'll compliment Serena. Serena, that time you played tennis with Trump, and Big John Isner, for charity, was pretty cool.
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
Nadal is an absolute machine on clay - I don't think his record of 13 French Opens will be broken in the next 100 years or maybe ever. He has also never smashed a racquet on court during a match and he's played his part in some epic 5 setters in slams.

I'm just not a fan of him because of his OCD rituals and his ridiculously slow pace of play.
Kind of summed up Nadal for me. He is a nice guy and has been involved in some epic matches, is such a fighter etc but I don’t like his game and his overall play
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
I'm a Big 3 fan, so...
Zverev? Not a personal favorite, but tremendously talented, 6'6, easy power, covers the court well, lots of tools and generally gracious toward other players.

Okay, Rublev? Don't care for his style of play and forehand grunt, but off the court, seems like a great guy -- bright, and with a sense of humor.
 

socallefty

Legend
Federer is fun to watch even if you are rooting against him. I don’t think anyone walks out of the stadium when he is scheduled to play even at his advanced age.
 

MichaelNadal

Bionic Poster
Don't hate him at all but he is not my top favorite.

Nadal is phenomenal. Never seen anyone else giving more epic matches and scaring to death more than the Spanish metador. He is part of almost every GOAT match in past 15 years.

He came back from a play where even his ardent supporters had lost hope. 2017 RG and then US open to finish the year at number 1 was a miracle. Probably the only guy you can never doubt.

And he is the best role model in tennis. Atheist as well. Best WAG among big 3. Great parents and family. Awesome yacht.
 

canta_Brian

Professional
Djokovic, without doubt, has had the best opponents in the remainder of the big 3. In that regard he is peerless.
 
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