‘Big Three’: Basel. Manacor. Belgrade | sports

The passage of time helps to take things into perspective. The repetition of certain events can also convey the feeling that it is something normal or everyday. It happens a lot in sports. A series of consecutive victories, a collection of trophies achieved in a few years or the dominance of any sporting discipline make its protagonists a kind of background music in which the word “triumph” always sounds and is taken for granted, even , which is something simple. Fortunately, the passage of time allows the analysis to temper and provide context to the facts.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated world tennis for nearly two decades. Three people born in Basel, Manacor and Belgrade, respectively, are the main protagonists of an entire era of men’s tennis. And now that the possibility of starting to think about who will be next is already on the horizon, it is time to begin to take stock of what three different styles —human and sporting— have meant together for the history of sport. That is the goal of Big Three (Córner), the book written by the journalist Carlos Báidez, which reviews the trajectories of the three talents to offer a complete picture of the multiple derivatives that stem from their constant struggle to be number one in the world. Since 2011, the date on which victories were shared at Wimbledon, Roland Garros, Australia and the United States, the public has become accustomed to this triple hegemony. Each of them has 20 grand. It is difficult to guess who will retire with more titles, but not begin to give this time the magnitude it deserves.

Báidez provides a large amount of information —from the comparison of family origins to the different outfits, through the way of playing or the character— from a novel point of view: that of analyzing each of them in relation to the other two so that the reader thinks who is the best in history. Also so that he is aware of the exceptionality of having lived and enjoyed some stellar years.

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