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“Roger Federer Is a Super-Smart Guy” – Vasek Pospisil Reveals the Effect of ‘Big 3’ on the ATP Player Council

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The ATP player council is really important for the players. The 12 member council represents all the players and suggests decisions to the directors of ATP. And now the council has Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as members and Novak Djokovic as the president.

Federer and Nadal rejoined the council last year. And now having the Big 3 in the council could be a different experience for other players. Those three are one of the most decorated and celebrated players in history and so their influence will be unmatched.

 

“Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are incredible athletes” – Vasek Pospisil

Another member of the council Vasek Pospisil recently spoke about Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic’s presence in the council. Pospisil recalled their first council meeting where he was sitting and discussing with the trio. He called it an amazing experience.

“It is a pretty amazing experience. And I was actually sitting and it was me and to my left was Novak to my right Roger and then Nadal was right beside him.” Pospisil said in the ATP Tennis Radio podcast.

He indicated that the trio work very well together and are strong characters. And as they are one of the greatest athletes, Pospisil thinks it is cool and the dynamics are very interesting.

“These are three incredible athletes to be involved in the council, with them it’s pretty cool and I think the dynamic is interesting because you have three strong individuals, they have strong opinions as we all do in the council,” Pospisil said

Now, these three are huge figures so Pospisil acknowledged that it can be challenging. But as they are very open-minded they work very well as a team.

When you have three guys coming in with the position that they come in, it can be challenging, they work very well together, they are very open-minded, Novak’s been incredible, I have spent most of the time with Novak since the day I joined. Roger when he came on he brought a different perspective and he is a super-smart guy and very open-minded so it’s been a very cool experience.  Pospisil said

With the experience and stature the trio brings in, other players will be happy with them representing their interests in the council.guy

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Novak Djokovic Set to Surpass Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in Another Elite Record

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All in all, it has been another fabulous year for World No.1 Novak Djokovic. One Grand Slam title, two Masters 1000 titles and he has consolidated his position at the number one spot in the ATP rankings. Djokovic is eyeing another record that he could match at the end of the 2020 season.

Djokovic now will most likely match Pete Sampras’ record of having the most number of year-end World No.1. Sampras has held the year-end number one ranking six times in his career. The ‘big 3’ of Novak DjokovicRafael Nadal, and Roger Federer are tied with five. So Djokovic could jump his arch-rivals and go equal with Sampras.

Novak Djokovic in the 2020 season till now

The Serbian jumped Nadal in the rankings early on in the season. After a bad Australian Open, Nadal lost a considerable amount of points and Djokovic won the Australian Open which helped him regain the number one ranking. After the season restart, Djokovic won the Cincinnati Masters which earned him points. Later he added the Italian Open and then by reaching the finals at French Open 2020, it helped Djokovic forge a huge gap from second-place Rafael Nadal. Djokovic is currently on 11,740 points to Nadal’s 9850.

Last year it was Nadal who held the year-end number one ranking which tied him level with Federer and Djokovic. Surprisingly Federer held the year-end number one ranking back in 2009 and since has reached the World No.1 ranking but has failed to stay on it till the end of the season.

Barring 2016, the big 3 have held the year-end number one ranking since 2004. In 2016 after a magical year from Andy Murray, the Brit held the number one ranking for the first time and ended the season ranked number one. He had won 9 titles including one Grand Slam title and he retained his Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

MASON, OH – AUGUST 19: Novak Djokovic of Serbis celebrates his win over Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men’s final of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2018 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

With the year-end number one ranking almost a certain for Djokovic, the Serbian has a longer goal of surpassing Federer’s record of most weeks as World No.1. Djokovic is into his 291st week as World No.1 and he is just 19 short of Federer’s 310.

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