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The Big Three in Men’s Tennis: Who Retires First?

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Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. They are currently ranked #1, #2 and #3. Djokovic is the youngest at 32. Federer is the oldest at 38. Between them, they have won the last 12 Grand Slam titles. The last time a new face appeared on the winner’s podium was 2014.

It is clear that the three players are about the best the world has ever seen in professional tennis. And, it also seems that one of the reasons that they can all stay “hungry” is because of the rivalry between them.

Since 2003, these three men have captured 55 major titles. On the active tour right now, the youngest player with a Grand Slam title to his name is 31-year-old Marin Cilic of Croatia.

So, why are there no teenage sensations knocking them out at the big tournaments? Nadal, Djokovic and Federer all rose to stardom in their teens.

This year, 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev almost knocked Nadal off the podium at the US Open. But, Nadal prevailed—again.

There are talented young players with dominant court skills. But, none has been able to outlast Nadal, Djokovic and Federer in five-set matches over a 14-day Grand Slam tournament for 5 years. The “old guys” have stamina!

So, who will be the first of the three to retire? And, what will cause them to retire? An injury? A beat-down by a younger player? Or some other circumstance?

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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