Why players fear the Big 3

Fabresque

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You can drop your opinions and thoughts down below, these are just mine.

Federer: You can compare Roger Federer to a claustrophobe in a tight crowd. No breathing room, no real way to get out, and you’re panicking. That’s what it feels like to play Federer. He gives you zero rhythm, he’ll pounce on any short ball you give him. Everything you throw at him needs to be pretty much perfect if you don’t want him taking advantage, and even then it’s difficult to get into rallies due to his immense serve. Playing Federer is like forcing yourself to stop a rhino charging at you, with full speed. Good luck.

Nadal: From point 1 to match point, Rafa gives 110% on the court, and the intensity is unmatched. Playing Rafa is going to be the most physically exhausting match of anybodies life, you’ll feel your body aching, while looking at him across the other side of the net playing like it was just the first point. He gives you little to no breathing room, he carefully constructs his points with blistering forehands that pull you all over the court. Playing Rafa is like doing a handstand while arm wrestling a Gorilla in a thunderstorm. It’s basically impossible.

Djokovic: What he can do on the court is mental cruelty. Djokovic is almost unstoppable when he wants to be, and the problem is, you’re always so comfortable against him. He has no problem rallying with you or letting you take advantage on certain points, but it always feels like he’s got another gear lined up. It’s mental warfare, and he’s always a few steps ahead of you, just waiting for his perfect moment to strike. That’s what makes him so scary, no matter what you do, it always feels like the outcome remains the same, you can’t win.
 

OldschoolKIaus

Hall of Fame
Against the Big3 atleast you know what tennis you have to face.

I would be more afraid of a player like Wawrinka. You never know what you get: an relatively easy win or a brutal beating down as soon as he is in his zone and start nuking winners from all areas of the court.
 

Thriller

Hall of Fame
You can drop your opinions and thoughts down below, these are just mine.

Federer: You can compare Roger Federer to a claustrophobe in a tight crowd. No breathing room, no real way to get out, and you’re panicking. That’s what it feels like to play Federer. He gives you zero rhythm, he’ll pounce on any short ball you give him. Everything you throw at him needs to be pretty much perfect if you don’t want him taking advantage, and even then it’s difficult to get into rallies due to his immense serve. Playing Federer is like forcing yourself to stop a rhino charging at you, with full speed. Good luck.

Nadal: From point 1 to match point, Rafa gives 110% on the court, and the intensity is unmatched. Playing Rafa is going to be the most physically exhausting match of anybodies life, you’ll feel your body aching, while looking at him across the other side of the net playing like it was just the first point. He gives you little to no breathing room, he carefully constructs his points with blistering forehands that pull you all over the court. Playing Rafa is like doing a handstand while arm wrestling a Gorilla in a thunderstorm. It’s basically impossible.

Djokovic: What he can do on the court is mental cruelty. Djokovic is almost unstoppable when he wants to be, and the problem is, you’re always so comfortable against him. He has no problem rallying with you or letting you take advantage on certain points, but it always feels like he’s got another gear lined up. It’s mental warfare, and he’s always a few steps ahead of you, just waiting for his perfect moment to strike. That’s what makes him so scary, no matter what you do, it always feels like the outcome remains the same, you can’t win.
To some extent I agree with all of your descriptions, but not the basic premise that players "fear" the big 3. There are a few who walk onto court looking like a rabbit in the headlights but more often than not I feel that players play better against the big 3, not drop their level. I remember Serena saying that these women do not play the same against everyone else as they do against me or they would be top 10, top 20 players. (My thoughts) But they know they probably won't ever win a slam or be No. 1 but being able to say that they beat or even took sets off of one of the GOATs is something to tell the grand kids. So they play like they have nothing to lose and often play better for it.

There are often great performances against the big 3 from lower ranked players raising their game who can't quite finish it off. I think that has less to do with fear and more to do with experience and downright superiority coming to the fore in the high pressure situations.

The one exception is Nadal on clay. This is the closest thing we have to unbeatable in our sport and arguably any sport and yes I do see fear in the eyes of some of the players who have to face him on Chatrier when he is in form, even the best players. e.g. during the legendary 2008 final where Federer literally mentally collapsed and lost something like the last 10 games in a row. He looked terrified and ashamed, like a butterfly having its wings torn off in front of an audience of millions and not a single damned thing he could do about it.
 
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