Jensen: "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal never like Novak Djokovic"

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Jensen: "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal never like Novak Djokovic"

Guest in the latest edition of the Off The Ball podcast, Luke Jensen expressed an interesting opinion on the Big 3 Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Jensen said: "No one imagined that Rod Laver's Calendar Grand Slam could be repeated, especially in an era like this.

Novak Djokovic has only achieved one victory from completing this titanic feat." "The US Open final against Daniil Medvedev had a particular trend. I had never seen Nole so tense and so scared of the stakes. The nervousness almost paralyzed him, so much so that he lost very clearly.

He felt like crying at the end of the match, it was a poignant moment," he continued. Luke also talked about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, adding: "Federer is the James Bond of tennis. He and Rafa enjoy support from fans that is far beyond what is reserved for Novak.

This also depends on their behavior off the court. Federer and Nadal would never have put themselves in Djokovic's situation in Australia."

Big 3 last numbers

Although the numbers are almost all on his side, Novak Djokovic still lags behind Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in terms of popularity.

The number 1 in the world has cleared the gap that separated him from his eternal rivals in the all-time Grand Slam ranking, having made himself the author of a 2021 on the verge of perfection. After winning the first three Majors of the season, the Serbian champion has also reached the final at the US Open.

Had he triumphed in New York, Nole would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slams in the same year. Tension and fatigue prevented him from completing the job, giving due credit to Daniil Medvedev's performance at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Federer and Nadal, for their part, both seemed very far from the glories of the past. The King underwent knee surgery for the third time in the past 18 months, while the Spaniard played just seven official tournaments in 2021.