Isner: 'Sharing era with Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic is a pleasure'

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Isner: 'Sharing era with Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic is a pleasure'

John Isner was asked if he believes that playing in the same era as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is bad or good luck. The American player, who has been on Tour for more than a decade, said: "When you do get to play those players, it's such a big moment, a big occasion on the big court and it's a lot of fun in that regard.

But you could also argue that it's unlucky because those guys are pretty selfish and they take all the titles away from a lot of us. But, no, for me personally, I think it's been a great pleasure to be, look for me, 11 years now, and those guys have been at the very top of the game ever since I entered the tour as well", admitted Isner.

Nadal, a 19-time Grand Slam winner, said: "I am just happy to be part of it. A couple of players have been competing for the most important things for a lot of years. So that's it. Seems like for one more year we're going to finish in the top positions of the ranking and already we won the most important events of the year more or less.

So I am no one to analyze if that good for tennis or not good for tennis." Dominic Thiem said: "I think we, like, generation of me is very nice for us because we still compete with these big players at their best.

So we can learn from them. We can improve with them. We can overtake them at one point. And on the other hand, we're going to still play when they stop. So I think we're quite a lucky generation and we have to use it well."