Rank the 3 slam seasons by the big three

Hitman

Bionic Poster
Now that we had what is very likely to be the last three slam season from the big three, how do you rank them?

2004
2006
2007
2010
2011
2015
2021
 

BGod

G.O.A.T.
1. 2015: Greatest season of all time
2. 2007: Phenomenal year, although Fed had less chance at the French
3. 2011: Just USO comeback alone but dominating Nadal and everyone else.
4. 2010: Three consecutive on 3 surfaces
5. 2006: Dominance and closest chance at French
6. 2021: Lower competition in my opinion
7. 2004: Somewhat fortunate with Safin in AO, lost to Kuerten at French
 

Kralingen

Talk Tennis Guru
Best AOs:
2011
2007
2004
2015
2006
2021
2010 (injury)

Best FOs:
2010
large gap
2006 ~ 2011
2007
2021~ 2015
2004

Best Wimbledons:
2006
2004
2007
2015
2011~2010
2021

Best US Opens:
2004~2006
2007~2011~2010
2021

Best YEC:
2004~2006
2007
2015
2010
(2021 likely, unless Djokovic brings a crazy level here)
2011 (injured)
 
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GabeT

G.O.A.T.
Why is 2021 so low in most of the proposed rankings? shouldn‘t Novak’s results be valued a bit more given his age?
 

Kralingen

Talk Tennis Guru
Why is 2021 so low in most of the proposed rankings? shouldn‘t Novak’s results be valued a bit more given his age?
I personally ranked by performance level, and let’s be honest the Wimbledon and US Open performances were a meh at best.

The key though is that all that counts in the real world is who holds the trophy, not what some randos on tennis warehouse website rate it out of 10. For this he deserves credit.
 
Why is 2021 so low in most of the proposed rankings? shouldn‘t Novak’s results be valued a bit more given his age?
I took it as rank the field in each of the 3 schlem seasons, and the field was cheeks this year. But each person is going to have their own interpretation of what the OP was asking.
 

Third Serve

Talk Tennis Guru
Best AOs:
2011
2007
2004
2015
2006
2021
2010 (injury)

Best FOs:
2010
large gap
2006 ~ 2011
2007
2021~ 2015
2004

Best Wimbledons:
2006
2004
2007
2015
2011~2010
2021

Best US Opens:
2004~2006
2007~2011~2010
2021

Best YEC:
2004~2006
2007
2015
2010
(2021 likely, unless Djokovic brings a crazy level here)
2011 (injured)
I like this way of going about it. Only quibble is that I’d put 2007 up with 2006 and 2011 RG in that list. Minus the choking on BPs, it was a pretty solid run from Fed and possibly better than 2006.
 

Third Serve

Talk Tennis Guru
As far as historical context goes, 2021 would be ranked a little higher since Djokovic did that at age 33-34. The actual tennis was quite mediocre compared to the other seasons though, for the most part.
 

ElisRF

Hall of Fame
I said Slams only. He lost in the 3rd round at RG, so he doesn't deserve to be up there with the other years.
Fed was unlucky to run in Kuerten playing that early in that RG and AO and Wimbeldon and the USO were all a super high level to make up for it from 2004 Federer so not convinced that it should be ranked bottom.
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
I like this way of going about it. Only quibble is that I’d put 2007 up with 2006 and 2011 RG in that list. Minus the choking on BPs, it was a pretty solid run from Fed and possibly better than 2006.

I'm sure you like that list. :D
As far as historical context goes, 2021 would be ranked a little higher since Djokovic did that at age 33-34. The actual tennis was quite mediocre compared to the other seasons though, for the most part.

Mediocre? Not a chance.
 
Novak's 2011. Nadal/Fed were at the tail end of their respective peak or prime and Novak at peak level. Novak's 2021 for his age is impressive but not when you factor in his form and his level of competition. 2021 was WEAK for a 3 slam year. He wouldn't win in any other era playing at such a low form like Wimbledon or some of the French
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
Fed was unlucky to run in Kuerten playing that early in that RG and AO and Wimbeldon and the USO were all a super high level to make up for it from 2004 Federer so not convinced that it should be ranked bottom.

Federer should have at least made a match of it considering that he was so dominant that year and was in great form on clay. He got beaten soundly by Kuerten who did play quite well, but he never even got into the match and didn't win a set. Therefore, his clay result causes him to fall below other years on the list imo.
 
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Ray Mercer

Hall of Fame
All of Federer's at the top for sure. Djokovic took a beating from an old Fed at the 2011 French and got lucky against him at the 2011 US Open. Fed was unbelievable in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
 

Kralingen

Talk Tennis Guru
I don’t know a ton about ‘74 Connors or ‘88 Wilander but think they would probably slot in above 2021 as well.

Crazy that Borg, McEnroe, Lendl, Pete, etc. never won 3 in one year. I guess they mostly played just 3 Slams those years due to AO reasons.
 

Third Serve

Talk Tennis Guru
I'm sure you like that list. :D


Mediocre? Not a chance.
In comparison to the other seasons, absolutely and I can’t see how anyone would argue the opposite with the exception of Fed’s stinker at RG 2004.

It was still a good overall level but in COMPARISON to the best 3 Slam seasons out there, it comes up noticeably short.
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
In comparison to the other seasons, absolutely and I can’t see how anyone would argue the opposite with the exception of Fed’s stinker at RG 2004.

It was still a good overall level but in COMPARISON to the best 3 Slam seasons out there, it comes up noticeably short.

No man. A lot of the time I think I watch a different sport when I read some of the comments. I can't see how anyone thinks the level of tennis was mediocre this year. Federer at 2006 AO is what I consider mediocre when he was was struggling with the draw he had and the players he was facing. Djokovic is facing top level competition in every Slam against guys 10 years younger than him, nothing like other years on the list.

Zverev brought it against him both times in Slams this year, he took down the clay god in a well played performance after getting destroyed by him 8 months prior, and took down an inspired Tsistsipas who was playing very well on his best surface. The only Slam that can qualify as below par is Wimbledon but I still wouldn't call it mediocre with the two best players on grass this year in the final.
 

ElisRF

Hall of Fame
Federer should have at least made a match of it considering that he was so dominant that year and was in great form on clay. He got beaten soundly by Kuerten who did play quite well, but he never even got into the match and didn't win a set. Therefore, his clay result causes him to fall below other years on the list imo.
Federer should have done better than that but to me he was better than 2021 Djokovic in 3/4 slams so I guess we just disagree.
 

NoleFam

Bionic Poster
Federer should have done better than that but to me he was better than 2021 Djokovic in 3/4 slams so I guess we just disagree.

Federer was better in Wimbledon and USO for sure. AO? Not so sure and I don't remember that tournament that well.
 
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