Big three records will be difficult to equal, says Rafael Nadal, but he expects someone to

Rafael Nadal believes someone may equal or better the records of the big three sooner than people think.

Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic have carved up just about every major men’s tennis record between them over the course of the last 10 years.

Federer and Nadal have the most Grand Slam titles with 20, while Djokovic has 18, meaning all three have easily surpassed the 14 that Pete Sampras won.

In addition, Djokovic has spent more weeks as world number one than any other man in history, and is the only man to have won every Masters title.

All three are coming towards the end of the career now, though, and there appears to be a spate of talented youngsters ready to take up the mantle.

They include teenage Italian duo Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti, Spanish ace Carlos Alcaraz, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Andrey Rublev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev.

And, according to Nadal, no one should be assuming one, or more, of them can’t better what the big three have achieved.

“Of course, when Pete achieved that great number of 14 a lot of people in tennis thought, ‘Okay that’s going to be almost impossible to go beyond that for the next years’,” Nadal said.

‘But in relatively short period of time there is three players that have more than 14 and in the same era.

“That puts that in perspective about what we did in the last 15-20 years, it’s something difficult to equal.

“But everyone thought the same about Pete and we did it better.”

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