In an interview to Tennis365, Juan Martin del Potro commented on how he dealt with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray over his career. The Argentine was one of the few players outside the Big Four who have won a Grand Slam in the last ten years.
"I love having the big four around. You can learn so much from them in the locker room. If I had to choose one time to play tennis it would be now. It’s not to easy break through them at the big events. You can win a tournament like here or a Masters 1000, but at the big ones to beat two or three of them to win a Grand Slam, nobody does this.
Okay so, Marin Cilic or Stan Wawrinka have done it, but it has only happened occasionally. I did it when I beat Roger in the US Open final, but that was ten years ago when I was a kid." On the younger generations' chances against the veterans, del Potro added: "They have the experience, the talent, the game and the physical conditioning.
As you saw in the French Open final, Dominic Thiem played great tennis for two sets but against Rafa that is never enough. This is what happens when you share the same era as these guys, but the youngsters are smart enough to know they will not be here forever."
He also revealed one of his biggest passions: "My farm is the best place for me because I have family and friends there. I like to play soccer, I like to go to the farms. It’s a different life to being on the tennis tour. That is what I want to do in the future. I don’t know when."