Tuesday, 25 June 2019 | 06:17 WIB

Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer Compete for the Hunt of Big Titles

Nadal, Djokovic, and Federer Compete for the Hunt of Big Titles (atptour)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COMRafael Nadal's ambition to win the ATP Masters 1000 trophy in 2019 turned out to run longer. The title was launched just before the middle of the year when he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic at the 2019 Italian Open last weekend.

The victory over Nole, Djokovic's nickname, not only provided Nadal with the title, but also his 34th title record in the ATP Masters 1000 class.

With his victory, Nadal is getting closer to Djokovic and Roger Federer in the race for the Big Titles, a combination of titles from Grand Slams, Nitto ATP Finals and Masters 1000.

As reported by atptour.com, the 32-year-old tennis player now has 51 titles, two behind Djokovic (53 titles) and three behind Federer (54 titles).

Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of this year, will take place in less than a week, while Nadal was preparing for a warm-up against Federer and Djokovic.

Nadal certainly has the opportunity to narrow the title difference with the two tennis players through Roland Garros.

Five players (not including Nadal) have won at least 10 Big Titles in total since 1990, while Nadal has won 11 Roland Garros trophies.

Nadal has now won at least one Big Titles in the last 15 years, and with five wins at the Foro Italico last week compared to Federer's two wins, Nadal almost surpassed the Swiss record for most of the wins at the Masters 1000 level.

Federer leads Nadal 378-377 when entering Roland Garros. Nadal also moves closer to Djokovic for the record level of the Big Titles.

These two rivals have played in 178 Grand Slams, Nitto ATP Finals, and Masters 1000 tournaments in total.

Djokovic's victory rate is per 3.4 tournaments at that level, while Nadal makes one victory per 3.5 tournaments.

Both players are far ahead of Federer in that category, because the calculation of the 37-year-old player's win is one trophy per 4.2 tournament.

"What matters most to me is this trophy. Rome is one of the most important tournaments of the year, part of our sports history. To be able to win here again is the main thing," said Nadal.