The Big 3: life support finally switched off

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
It has been a slow painful end but with the news that Nadal is out for the rest of the season alongside Federer we can now unequivocally say the Big 3 era is over and the natural order of things has resumed.

Djokovic is the last man standing -and he deserves to be, having broken the records and the spirits of the other two -but a new, younger generation of players is snapping at his heels. If he can pull off the Grand Slam it will be a fitting finale to one of the greatest eras in tennis history.

The Big 3: we salute you. But we have to pull out the plug and end the era. The future belongs to the young.

Goodbye and good lu--
 

Tiki-Taka

Rookie
Would be a fitting ending to this golden era of tennis it Novak ends it with THE Grand Slam. And I hope he pulls that off. An opportunity like that won't happen again for a very long time. Though I think he'll continue to win beyond this year, with Rafa also having his chances at Roland Garros if he schedules well...
 
It has been a slow painful end but with the news that Nadal is out for the rest of the season alongside Federer we can now unequivocally say the Big 3 era is over and the natural order of things has resumed.

Djokovic is the last man standing -and he deserves to be, having broken the records and the spirits of the other two -but a new, younger generation of players is snapping at his heels. If he can pull off the Grand Slam it will be a fitting finale to one of the greatest eras in tennis history.

The Big 3: we salute you. But we have to pull out the plug and end the era. The future belongs to the young.

Goodbye and good lu--
You are contradicting yourself.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
It seems to me that tennis players now take longer to mature, so there'll be no resumption of the supposedly 'natural order' of youthful domination.
 

Omega_7000

Legend
It has been a slow painful end but with the news that Nadal is out for the rest of the season alongside Federer we can now unequivocally say the Big 3 era is over and the natural order of things has resumed.

Djokovic is the last man standing -and he deserves to be, having broken the records and the spirits of the other two -but a new, younger generation of players is snapping at his heels. If he can pull off the Grand Slam it will be a fitting finale to one of the greatest eras in tennis history.

The Big 3: we salute you. But we have to pull out the plug and end the era. The future belongs to the young.

Goodbye and good lu--
If by natural order of things you mean an unprecedented situation where for the first time in the history of tennis multiple generations of younger players have failed to beat old aging stars then yes.
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
Nadal will keep playing the clay season until his body completely gives in. Even if he has to skip the entire rest of the season.

Federer looks finished unless that surgeon can work miracles.

Djokovic has 4 or 5 more years I reckon.
 

liriel

Semi-Pro
Yes I believe Rafa will try to play RG only maybe even for 2 years. Nothing much to lose. Fed farewell tour. Novak - I'm very curious to see how he plays and holds mentally and physically.
But who knew Nadal would be tied not just at 20 but call the season off within days.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
It was glorious and amazing while it lasted. The big 3 era is pretty much over. Next gen are circling and waiting for their opportunity, and Djokovic can't hold them off by himself forever. Expect new Slam champs soon, and definitely will happen by next year.
 

Open Stance

Semi-Pro
This is what life after the Big 3 and Serena looks like. Friday night quarterfinal in Cincy for the Western and Southern Open M1000. Plenty of unsold tickets plus several more in available in the secondary market. If Rafa or Roger were playing, the stadium would be packed.

 

zvelf

Hall of Fame
People are overestimating Djokovic's longevity just like last year they were overestimating Federer's and Nadal's. Novak probably has one strong year left in him and after that, he will lose to Medvedev, Tsitsipas, and Zverev more often than he wins, which also means, he will be lucky to squeeze out 1 more major win after 2022.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
It has been a slow painful end but with the news that Nadal is out for the rest of the season alongside Federer we can now unequivocally say the Big 3 era is over and the natural order of things has resumed.

Djokovic is the last man standing -and he deserves to be, having broken the records and the spirits of the other two -but a new, younger generation of players is snapping at his heels. If he can pull off the Grand Slam it will be a fitting finale to one of the greatest eras in tennis history.

The Big 3: we salute you. But we have to pull out the plug and end the era. The future belongs to the young.

Goodbye and good lu--
Next gen life support still on, but no brain activity.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Yes I believe Rafa will try to play RG only maybe even for 2 years. Nothing much to lose. Fed farewell tour. Novak - I'm very curious to see how he plays and holds mentally and physically.
But who knew Nadal would be tied not just at 20 but call the season off within days.
#21 was in the bag. The statue in Paris was built. It has been an absolute shocking turn of events for our Rafa. Every true tennis fan will now have to come together and pull for the CYGS.

In the meantime, do feel free to go to Paris and visit the statue.

 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
#21 was in the bag. The statue in Paris was built. It has been an absolute shocking turn of events for our Rafa. Every true tennis fan will now have to come together and pull for the CYGS.

In the meantime, do feel free to go to Paris and visit the statue.

I don't know if a lot of other people believe in bad mojo, omens and all that, but I kind of do and they should have waited until after Nadal retired to unveil a statue. If Nadal doesn't win this tournament again, people will swear that thing is cursed.
 

beard

Legend
If by natural order of things you mean an unprecedented situation where for the first time in the history of tennis multiple generations of younger players have failed to beat old aging stars then yes.
That's what happens when they have to play real GOAT for years... ;)
Goat stops them, simple as that...
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
If Nadal doesn't win this tournament again
Rafa almost won RG with one foot. With even the slightest of recovery, King Of Clay is not done. Will take Rafa over anybody else at RG. Nobody else comes close.

Winning #21 at RG 22, with a statue ceremony, will be the greatest moment in tennis history. The tears will be flowing.
 
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NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa almost won RG with one foot. With any kind of recovery, King Of Clay is not done. Will take Rafa over anybody else at RG. Winning #21 at RG 22 will be one of the greatest moments in tennis. The tears will be flowing.
He's obviously the favorite for RG 22, but I'm just saying if by some chance it doesn't happen, people will say "that damn statue".
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
He's obviously the favorite for RG 22, but I'm just saying if by some chance it doesn't happen, people will say "that damn statue".
It is extremely bad form to unveil a statue at your tournament for an active player. A player still at the top no less. Never heard of such a thing. They must have been planning on a #21 statue ceremony. Not clear whether it was arrogance on the part of RG officials or if they were sick of Rafa winning and were trying to jinx him.

Not clear if Rafa had any authority to stop the statue rollout. He should have.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
It is extremely bad form to unveil a statue at your tournament for an active player. A player still at the top no less. Never heard of such a thing. They must have been planning on a #21 statue ceremony. Not clear whether it was arrogance on the part of RG officials or if they were sick of Rafa winning and were trying to jinx him.

Not clear if Rafa had any authority to stop the statue rollout. He should have.
They could have waited 2 or 3 years to do it. RG tournament director seems to love Rafa so I don't think there was any ill will behind it but I don't think it should have been while he was still playing and dominating the tournament.
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
People are overestimating Djokovic's longevity just like last year they were overestimating Federer's and Nadal's. Novak probably has one strong year left in him and after that, he will lose to Medvedev, Tsitsipas, and Zverev more often than he wins, which also means, he will be lucky to squeeze out 1 more major win after 2022.
He was close to losing to Tsitsipas at RG, that Zverev match at AO was close, even Fritz and Musetti pushed him to 5. When will he start losing those kind of matches regularly?
 
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