In an interview, former Brazilian player Gustavo Kuerten spoke about how it would have felt to face Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on a consistent basis. Kuerten said: "I played Roger several times. And I did not feel drunk.
But over the last years, it seemed that the match was more difficult. I am sure that my game would have improved playing against someone like Nadal. That's what happened elsewhere. Djokovic pushed it to the limit. If I was fit enough, I think I would have made him struggle a lot.
My injuries did not allow me to play my best tennis. Without it, I would have necessarily played big matches here against Nadal, from 2004 to 2008. I could have played against Djokovic too. But it's not nice to see the life that way.
I'd rather remember that I did many things and much more than what I thought I would do as a kid. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer fight, win, lose, challenge each other. They brought tennis to another level." Asked if it was surprising to him that Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray did well at the French Open in their career, Kuerten replied: "If you go to Wimbledon or Us Open, it slower than my time.
And now they compete everywhere since the beginning because if you want to be No. 1, 2 or 3, you need to be good everywhere. And it's farther I think. You play well, you have all the chances. Not just if you are a good server."
Is it the end for specialists? "Yes. Nadal won all the main titles and he cannot be considered as the king of clay. At my time winning on grass was difficult. "Sharapova has serious injuries. I think she will not play Luxembourg tournament either. We negotiated with her about her appearance in Moscow but it did not work."