Rafael Nadal commented on the Big Three dominance. In a press conference in Rome, the Spaniard said: "Roger Federer is 37, I am almost 33, Novak Djokovic is 32 already. That's what all it means. Win the things we have been winning the last 14, 15 years, I think is something that didn't happen very often in the history of our sport.
That means is difficult. "We talked about this one thousand times. It's every year, every week the same. We just have been together during the last 10 years fighting for the most important moments, with Novak, with Roger.
Is great to be part of this good moment of our sport. He's a great competitor. He did a lot of great things. We'll see. I hope to face him in Roland Garros. Will be great news." Asked if he is thinking about a potential clash against Roger Federer in the semifinals, Nadal replied: "I have plenty work to do.
I have Chardy or Gasquet in the first round. That's my draw. The rest of the things for me doesn't matter now." Speaking about the differences between best of three and five sets matches, Dominic Thiem, another top favourite in Rome, concluded: "I think if you play Grand Slam tournaments, from the first match on, full power from the mental side and physical side, you're not going to make it. You have to stay a little bit more relaxed, I would say, than in a best-of-three tournament."