It is no surprise that Feliciano Lopez has a lot of respect and admiration for Roger Federer. And in a recent interview to AS and El Pais, Lopez, who lost all the 13 times he played against Federer, said: 'You feel helpless against him, he does things that nobody is able to, especially the way he improvises. Then there are (Rafael) Nadal and (Novak) Djokovic.'
He has a special relationship with the 20-time Grand Slam winner: 'I grew up with Roger because we are of the same generation, we met each other as kids. Rafa and he have completely different games, but it's clear that Roger is the best player in history and there is no doubt about it. He is the most complicated rival with whom I have played. He is the one that impressed me the most on-court.'