Boost: Sports science, tour rules, bigger prizes play a role in Big 3’s continued dominance in tennis

Boost: Sports science, tour rules, bigger prizes play a role in Big 3's continued dominance in tennis

Three hundred 11 weeks. It has been almost six years. You can install two olympics Games or two FIFA World Cups at that time. Even a one-way trip to Jupiter, 886 million kilometers from Earth, can be made at this time. Monday is how long Novak Djokovic would have been the world No. 1 in tennis.

He is now 33, 34 in May, and has broken the record (310 weeks as No.1) held by Roger Federer, 39, since July 16, 2012, when the Swiss surpassed the bar set by Pete Sampras. Djokovic will set a new mark on Monday and Federer – who turns 40 in August – will return on tour this week after undergoing several knee surgeries last year.

And then there’s Rafael Nadal, 34, who has 20 Grand Slam titles and is co-record holder with Federer for most majors in men’s singles. He’s been world No. 1 for 209 weeks – or four years – making him almost 16 years of dominance for the trio.

None in the Big 3 is ready to go. And as former world No.18 Vijay Amritraj describes this “greatest era” in tennis, there is a group of talented and strong young people “pushing out the door with both arms and …

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