• The big three stars of tennis have accomplished so much in their careers
  • They are often compared to each other on who is the greatest of all time
  • Tennis great Andy Roddick says it's senseless to debate now on the issue

The big three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are the best to ever step foot on a tennis court. These three players have purely dominated in recent years. The last time someone won a Grand Slam outside the three was in 2016 where Andy Murray won Wimbledon while Stan Wawrinka hoisted up the US Open.

From then on the trio has steamrolled every single tournament ahead of them. Federer leads all three with a record of 20 Grand Slam championships. Nadal is close behind him with 19. Djokovic being the youngest has 17. The three have already surpassed the previous record-holder Pete Sampras who had 14. It was already unthinkable before to even overtake Sampras and yet these three have already gone above and beyond that.

The current era is witnessing greatness as the three are still on pace to continue winning more titles. Former Grand Slam winner Andy Roddick chipped into the discussion about the three. Per the Sun, he said that figuring out who is the greatest among the three is a difficult task to consider. "It is premature and I know everyone likes to go to this conversation non-stop but I just think it is too early. And there is too much-wasted breath on it at this point."

He does have high praise for Djokovic who is currently on a winning streak to start the 2020 tour. The Serbian has not lost a match since late in 2019. The current World Number One has won every match for the year by winning the Australian Open and recently the Dubai Championship.

Per Essentially Sports, Roddick quips Djokovic’s chances within the GOAT talk. He said that if the three are somehow tied in their Majors count, then their other matchups and championships should be considered. “If Novak somewhere gets to the point if he’s tied for the all-time Slams record with Rafa and Roger. Then, for me it becomes very important on the head-to-head, you go to the Masters titles,” Andy Roddick said.

He likened the conversation to giving an award prematurely to a movie. “It’d be like handing out Oscars before you watch the ending of a movie. It just doesn’t really make sense. It’s just too early,” he added.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
Djokovic of Serbia, Nadal of Spain and Federer of Switzerland are on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf Astoria in New York City, Aug. 23, 2013. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images