The stark definition of a former No. 1 doubles player: “The era of the Big 3 is over”


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The stark definition of a former No. 1 doubles player: "The era of the Big 3 is over"

Novak Djokovic failed to achieve the Grand Slam calendar by losing to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open 2021. Todd Woodbridge gave an analysis in the Australian outlet Nine.

“I’m not saying that Novak is going to fall off the mountain because he still has the goal of winning the 21st Slam but I think Novak would love for Rafa to come back to challenge him, because that’s the kind of motivation an athlete needs,” said the 50-year-old Australian who became 19th in the world in singles (won 2 titles) and was No. 1 in the world in doubles, a specialty in which he won 83 titles.

“I feel like the era of the Big 3 is over. Novak may win one or two more Majos but the feeling is that the younger generation sees themselves as a Grand Slam winner,” added Woddbridge. “I feel like we saw the human side of this before the game was over. We saw Novak on the inside in a way we’ve never seen him before. We saw him break down. When you see that in an athlete, you don’t know when he’s going to recover.”


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