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Nicolas Mahut is worried about the state of tennis in the future and says there will be an “enormous emptiness” when Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic retire.
The top trio have dominated for well over a decade now and have amassed an astonishing 55 Grand Slam titles between them.
Federer has 20 Grand Slam titles; Nadal has 19, while Djokovic-16.
“I do not think we are aware. When those players will stop, it will an enormous emptiness,” Mahut said. “At the time, when Pete Sampras stopped, it was said that there would be a void and that no one would have done like him. From then, the three did better than him, without counting Andy Murray who did not get far away. Yeah, I can say I played with and against them and that was a great time for tennis.”