Europe was gaining a place in the great history of tennis, against the superpowers United States and Australia. With the passage of time, there were names that marked and time and Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s ‘Big 3’ now lead an unforgettable streak of firm European dominance among men. Cast is strengthened at the time of the finals and counting the champions in the Grand Slam.
With Djokovic’s access to the final of the Australian Open 2021 It not only meant that the Serbian increased his numbers in the first Grand Slam of the year and grew his new mark in Majors finals, but it also reflected the hegemony of the ‘Big 3’ in the big tournaments.
With the clash between Serbian and Russian Daniil Medvedev confirming for Sunday in Melbourne, they now have 50 Grand Slam finals between Europeans out of the last 59 at stake, counting from Roland Garros 2006, when Nadal beat Federer.
From the first final of one of the three monsters in a Major, the one won by Federer at Wimbledon 2003, they monopolized the professional circuit. In fact, the Swiss and Nadal hold the history record for Grand Slam titles, with 20 each. While Djokovic accumulates 17 and will go in search of the 18th against Medvedev.
In addition, they also lead the final Grand Slam category, with 31 for the Swiss, escorted by the Spanish and the Serbian, with 28. They also interspersed two figures such as the Scotsman Andy Murray, with three Majors titles, like the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, but without a doubt that the ‘Big 3’ commands this overwhelming dominance of Europe among men.
Meanwhile, whether Djokovic or Medvedev wins on Sunday, he will be another European champion and thus will add 65 winners from that continent over the last 66. The only exception was Juan Martín del Potro. The Argentine defeated Federer in the 2009 US Open final, being the only one from another region to win one of the four great championships, counting from the Swiss’s success at Wimbledon 2004.
If you look back, the previous non-European Grand Slam champion was also Argentine, since it was Gastón Gaudio at Roland Garros 2004, in the only final among Latin Americans to beat his compatriot Guillermo Coria after saving two match points.
The last Major left in the hands of an American was the 2003 US Open, the only one won by Andy Roddick. And that country came from a golden age, with the 14 Grand Slam of Pete Sampras and the eight of Andre Agassi. But the arrival of Federer, followed by Nadal and Djokovic, marked a change of command and that is why Europe is the leader of these almost 20 years.