Which of the big 3 loves the game most?

Keep stumbling across articles saying how Federer loves the game so much and have pretty much heard all the big 3 say how great tennis is. Pete Sampras experienced burnout at 32 and we all presumably know the story with Andre...
Nadal strikes me as a creature of habit more than the others with a very positive outlook. Djokovic for me it's not as clear, he seems more of a mystery to me. He may of brainwashed himself into loving the game. And with the talent Federer has, I think he takes sheer pleasure from the things he is able to do on the tennis court and probably still gets a rush from even surprising himself as times...

Thoughts?
 
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Novak Djokovic loves the game the most among the big 3
 

ibbi

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I don't know about Djokovic, Nadal to me certainly has a love for the sport and its history, but I feel like his love first and foremost is just competition. Football, poker, tennis, freakin' fishing, whatever, the guy just likes the fight, the contest. Federer, the former ballboy, the guy with the love of all the old timey, traditional stuff, the fact he's still out there playing at his age (granted the last one you could attribute to loving attention rather than tennis, but not when you take into account the amount of training and discipline behind the scenes it has to take to stay competitive at his age), I think he's more a pure tennis lover.
 
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Robert Baratheon

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I think it's really hard to know.
But I do think that Novak's life revolves less around tennis than Fraud and Rafa's.
The guy seems to have many more dimensions to his life other than tennis.

It's just my opinion though which obviously comes from my very limited observation so I don't claim to be right.

So if some Ned devotee who knows everything about Rafa plans to tell me how Rafa has a gazillion more interests other than catching fish then please by all means
don't.
 

Fairhit

Professional
Federer, whenever he talks about it you can see that he loves it, Nadal is a beast and he will compete at the highest level at anything, he sure seems to love playing but I don't think he loves the sport as much as he loves to compete, Djokovic doesn't strike me as a tennis lover, I think he likes his job and loves doing it but I don't feel like he loves the sport.
 

Poisoned Slice

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I could give you the attendance for any wrestling event in history, I am the guy. For this though, we're dealing with privileged information shared with family and shrinks. It is a lot harder to find out some of those important details.
 

upchuck

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Seems pretty obvious to me that it's Federer. Interestingly, I think his love for the game is enhanced by the game's love for him. If he had far less fan support, we'd see how much he loves it.
 

BeatlesFan

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ChrisRF

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Novak Djokovic loves the game the most among the big 3
Djokovic? I guess he loves it the least, because he so often had his phases when he was distracted by anything else. It happens on a big scale and forces him almost out of the game for months (Pepe Imaz or issues with his wife). And it also happens within single matches, when suddenly fighting against the crowd or discussions about something irrelevant is all that matters for him (for example during the Thiem loss at RG this year).

I would say Djokovic is the only one of the Big 3 for whom tennis isn’t the most important thing in life. Or at least sometimes it is the case, because all of a sudden he can become the ultimate warrior again, but only to have another slump again.
 

Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Fed: Most passionate about the sport of tennis and simply playing it and being involved in it. Simply loves the game and is obsessed with it.

Rafa: Most passionate about the competition, battle, fight, drive, and the success he feels when overcoming these. Loves the game.

Djoker: Seems less passionate about the sport and battle, but passionate about proving people wrong.
 

tonylg

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Although loving the game is different to loving the fame and the money, I'm sure they all do. You don't get that good without loving it, even Andre loved it .. he just hated the way he was pushed and rebelled against that. I'd argue that Sampras loved the game more than most, because he didn't enjoy the fame but did it anyway.

I do think the there's a difference between loving the discipline and loving the artistry. I think they both should have their place, but the demise of all court tennis means we will see more cookie cutter players who just love the discipline.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
just wait for the Lew stats

"Big 3 average love for tennis percentage over the years"

my prediction:

Federer 77,8 %
Djokovic 90,1 %
Nadal 85,6 %
Peak LOVE rating, inferred arithmetically by geometric means:

In Slam matches
Nadal 2312
Djokovic 2311
Federer 0001

In all matches

Djokovic 4000
Nadal 3200
Federer 0002

% of LOVE against top 10 players
Djokovic 89%
Nadal 86%
Federer 12%

Victories against players with >80% LOVE

Djokovic 91%
Nadal 88%
Federer 32%

These data prove that Djokovic has a substantially higher LOVE rating for tennis than Nadal and Federer. P. S.: please note how I let Nadal win the first stat to sound more objective.
 
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Lleytonstation

G.O.A.T.
Peak LOVE rating, inferred arithmetically by geometric means:

In Slam matches
Nadal 2312
Djokovic 2311
Federer 0001

In all matches

Djokovic 4000
Nadal 3200
Federer 0002

% of LOVE against top 10 players
Djokovic 89%
Nadal 86%
Federer 12%

Victories against players with 80%> LOVE

Djokovic 91%
Nadal 88%
Federer 32%

These data prove that Djokovic has a substantially higher LOVE rating for tennis than Nadal and Federer. P. S.: please note how I let Nadal win the first stat to sound more objective.
Dead on.
 

daggerman

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Seems hard to answer a question like this without giving into the headcanon we've constructed for each player.

I'll venture a guess and say they all love the game as much as one could possibly love it. Or else they wouldn't have reached these heights.
 

Standaa

G.O.A.T.
Fed: Most passionate about the sport of tennis and simply playing it and being involved in it. Simply loves the game and is obsessed with it.

Rafa: Most passionate about the competition, battle, fight, drive, and the success he feels when overcoming these. Loves the game.

Djoker: Seems less passionate about the sport and battle, but passionate about proving people wrong.
that is my feeling too.
 
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Djokovic? I guess he loves it the least, because he so often had his phases when he was distracted by anything else. It happens on a big scale and forces him almost out of the game for months (Pepe Imaz or issues with his wife). And it also happens within single matches, when suddenly fighting against the crowd or discussions about something irrelevant is all that matters for him (for example during the Thiem loss at RG this year).

I would say Djokovic is the only one of the Big 3 for whom tennis isn’t the most important thing in life. Or at least sometimes it is the case, because all of a sudden he can become the ultimate warrior again, but only to have another slump again.
Fully agreed (y)
 

beard

Legend
For years, I thought that Fed is just cool blooded, money making machine, who cares only about him selves, using status for getting the best schedule on court, having tournament directors as friends to get court conditions and other advantages on his will etc... But, after showing all those emotions, and love toward team members during Laver Cup, I am sure I was wrong.

Anyway, Novak plays tennis with most passion, as well as is he is most passionate in all life spheres, Rafa is the biggest warrior, and Fed, Fed is tennis player....
 

Fedforever

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Fed up of hearing "Federer is still playing because he loves the game so much". The only reason he is still playing is to try and prevent the other two from surpassing his records.
No one would do that amount of hard work and training just because of a record. You couldn't sustain it.Pete Sampras said that while he hadn't expected his record to be broken so soon it would have made no difference if he had known because he simply didn't want to play any more. Someone in the future will beat it anyway.

If he'd retired in 2013 do you think now he'd be giving a sh*t about the record ? Or just enjoying his millions and his beautiful children?
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Does this question help solve the GOAT question? Otherwise it's unimportant. How many loves has each of them won?
All I know is, Millman has handed out the highest percentage of love sets to his opponent.

Therefore, scientifically, he loves the game the most.
 

RelentlessAttack

Hall of Fame
I don't know about Djokovic, Nadal to me certainly has a love for the sport and its history, but I feel like his love first and foremost is just competition. Football, poker, tennis, freakin' fishing, whatever, the guy just likes the fight, the contest. Federer, the former ballboy, the guy with the love of all the old timey, traditional stuff, the fact he's still out there playing at his age (granted the last one you could attribute to loving attention rather than tennis, but not when you take into account the amount of training and discipline behind the scenes it has to take to stay competitive at his age), I think he's more a pure tennis lover.
I generally agree with this take. Nadal would be jumping and fist pumping in an armwrestling match with a 12 year old girl
 

zep

Hall of Fame
1. Nadal (plays purely for the love of the game)
2. Djokovic (plays for the pleasure of inflicting pain on Fed fans, 40-15 forever)
3. Federer (plays to extend his records and for money)
 
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1. Nadal (plays purely for the love of the game)
2. Djokovic (plays for the pleasure of inflicting pain on Fed fans, 40-15 forever)
3. Federer (plays to extend his records and for money)
:-D :laughing:
 
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King No1e

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Djokovic reminds me of Fed in his love for the game. During his 2016-18 struggles in form, he still seemed so untroubled yet determined. It seemed that he just loved the game so much that his drop in results didn't trouble him, just motivated him.
 
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