Top-ranked Argentine Diego Schwartzman acknowledged playing against the Big Three -- Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer -- is extremely difficult because you have to play absolute best tennis for hours in order to beat them.
Three weeks ago, Schwartzman claimed one of the biggest wins of his career when he stunned record 12-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal on the clay courts of Rome. Schwartzman was having a promising campaign at Roland Garros but it ended when he met Nadal as the Spaniard won 6-3 6-3 7-6 (0).
"It’s different playing against Djokovic, Federer, Nadal in five sets because you have to play your best tennis for three, four, maybe five hours. It’s not easy. Mentally, it’s very hard. To improve and to be the best guys on tour, you have to play the," Schwartzman said of playing the Big Three.
Schwartzman respects the greatness of the Big Three Schwartzman refused to pick the best member of the Big Three as instead he showed respect to each member of the group. "I’m not going to say who’s the better (laughing).
But what I’m going to say is the most beautiful thing is how different these three guys are. They are really different," Schwartzman said. "If you see, I don't know, the food from Nole, the food from Rafa or Roger, then how they play on court.
One likes to play on clay, the other one on grass... You know, they are different. Also one lefty, the other one aggressive, the other is sliding like nobody (else). "I think the most beautiful thing is for sure how different these guys are.
So that's amazing. For me, it is the best part in playing those three. I'm enjoying a lot because at this time I can play against these three guys in different tournaments, so I'm enjoying a lot to see these guys on the Tour and playing against them."
Nadal skipped the Cincinnati Masters and US Open, before kicking off his season restart in Rome. Nadal's preparation for the French Open was far from ideal but the Spaniard still found a way to reach the final. "Rafa is Rafa.
I think he knows how to improve. He knows how to practice, how to do everything. After Rome, he goes straight to practice. He went to improve the things that he did bad in Rome. That’s why he’s in the final right now," Schwartzman noted.