Pablo Cuevas: Nadal, Federer and Djokovic are better because...

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Pablo Cuevas: Nadal, Federer and Djokovic are better because...

In an interview, the world no. 46 Pablo Cuevas shared why the Big Three are better than others. "The biggest difference in not being Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, people say they are very good mentally but they are very good at everything.

They have extra gear than the rest. The difference is in the mind." On his relationship with them, Cuevas added: "You see them all weeks, locker rooms are the same, you sometimes train with them and some of them you have a good relationship.

With Djokovic, I barely say hi to him, but we never had anything to argue about. With Federer, Nadal and Andy Murray a very good relationship, I spoke with them more than once. Being friends on tour is difficult, you never go have dinner with someone except some Argentineans or Spaniards.

The hotel is the same for everyone, they (his friends) are not married, someone has a girlfriend so they do not have kids and they are not tired. I think on Tour I have two or three friends, nothing more. They are rivals."

On how he deals with criticism and praises, Cuevas concluded: "In general I try to be away from all that press says because reading certain kind of comments is not good. I understand everyone but I try to put it aside a bit."

Cuevas played his last match against Federico Delbonis last week in Bastad, Sweden, on clay, in straight sets, 6-4 6-4. This week Cuevas will open his run against the top-seed Dominic Thiem in Hamburg, Germany.