Juan Ignacio Londero: Playing each member of Big Four in 2019 was special gift



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Juan Ignacio Londero: Playing each member of Big Four in 2019 was special gift

Argentina's Juan Ignacio Londero will never forget the 2019 season in which he played against each member of the Big Four -- Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Londero went winless in those four matches but still the experience of playing some of the greatest players in tennis history was something that was special to the Argentine.

Londero lost to Rafael Nadal at the French Open, was beaten by Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters and also ended on the losing side against Novak Djokovic at the US Open. Londero managed to win a set against Murray at the Shanghai Masters but he ended up losing in three sets.

"That year was a gift that tennis gave me: having been able to play against every member of the Big Four in one of the biggest stadiums in the world, the largest in which I have played in my entire career, is something that I will never forget.

So much so that in my house I have a table with four photos of the matches I played against them," Londero told Punto de Break.

Londero enjoyed his best season in 2019

Londero, 28, won his maiden ATP title in 2019 and achieved a career-high ranking of No.

50 in the world. "Winning an ATP title in Cordoba, which is my home, was a dream. Also, having made the fourth round at Roland Garros was spectacular. Undoubtedly, both were the best weeks of my life and in which I had the most joy," Londero admitted.

Londero has been struggling since the pandemic started and he has plummeted to No. 170. "It was a very difficult year and a half for everyone. Some players did well and continued playing as usual and others poorly. Unfortunately, I am in that group.

The pandemic hurt me because I was separated from my family for a long time. Also, the fact of being locked up in a hotel, losing, traveling to another city and locking myself up again for another week was something that ended up influencing my game," Londero explained.