In an interview to ABC, Roger Federer commented on the Big Three (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and him) dominance. The Swiss player, who reached the quarter-finals in his first clay tournament in Madrid, said: "Us three, with Murray and Wawrinka, did not allow others to win more Grand Slams or be number one.
I think now things are changing a bit. Karen Khachanov won the Paris Masters last year, Stefanos Tsitsipas beat me in Australia and he comes very strong, Dominic Thiem beat me in Indian Wells too... You have upsets, new faces.
I am sure Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime will be dangerous in the future. It will be interesting to see how it evolves. But I think our dominance was good because the three of us are completely different: in terms of gamestyle, personality, dealing with media."
How was his comeback to clay? "Very good, very funny. I was lucky, it was sunny in Switzerland when I started. That helped me because three or four years ago when I started training here, it was snowing. But I am happy with the decision I took, already in December.
It was a correct bet. There are a lot of expectations but I know that in Madrid you have to play pretty quick and here the altitude is the key, but in those training sessions I found myself."