The 2021 season of Grand Slam tournaments ended and with it, Novak Djokovic’s dream of reaching his 21st trophy. Now with all the Big 3 tied at 20 majors, the Australian Open in 2022 will be presented as the possible setting for the three to go for the record.
This year, the only member of the Big 3 who played all the Grand Slam tournaments was the number one in the world. Roger Federer, prisoner of his physical problems, only played Roland Garros (He did not appear to play the fourth round against Matteo Berrettini) and Wimbledon (lost in the quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz). “I want to give myself a light of hope to return to the circuit one way or another“He explained in a statement he made announcing a new operation on his right knee. Although he did not give an estimated date of return, he is expected to be present at the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2022 season.
The other member of this select group of the best in history is Rafael Nadal. The Manacor, who lost in the Australian Open quarterfinals and the Roland Garros semifinals, missed Wimbledon to rest his physique and the US Open because of Müller-Weiss syndrome in his left foot. Although he did not announce a return date, he announced on his social networks that he received treatment and that he will be recovering at home.
In this way, if both the Swiss and the Spanish recover from their physical ailments, they will be able to compete alongside Novak Djokovic in Australia for the record: Who will win the 21st Grand Slam trophy?