Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic eclipsed us - Lopez

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic eclipsed us - Lopez

In an interview to Marca, Feliciano Lopez spoke about how it felt to compete in the same era as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Lopez said: "I played in the best and most brilliant era. I do not say it because I did not win a Major but it's really like this.

You will never have another era like this one. In Grand Slams I reached quarter-finals like at Wimbledon or US Open, in Masters 1000 semifinals I always faced the best players. It's good that they were there. Those players made it complicated for us.

But at the same time they made us better. They force you to be better. Look at David Ferrer who would have won two or three Grand Slams in another era. They eclipsed us. 40 Majors among three players, crazy. They made everyone better.

I was world No. 12 in my best year playing against the best players ever. But competing at 38 years of age, being healthy and feeling well, makes me very happy." On the good and bad sides of tennis, Lopez added: "Sacrifices are worth them.

You see new places. Even if travelling is very tough, you do not see your relatives. Someone brings families with them. Each one takes it in a different way. Being away for one month is difficult. As you get older, having long trips like going to Australia and then going to practice straight forward is complicated."

Lopez also commented on how it feels to be the Madrid Open Tournament Director: "When you are a player and you travel all around the world, you are a bit selfish. Every tennis player is selfish. And when you see all the effort being made to fix things, you have a different perspective and you learn many things.

For me it's a learning process. It was a tough year because I want to do things well but I am very happy. A fantastic experience. I am looking forward to May. Hopefully it can keep growing and that it can stay in Madrid forever. It has a very promising future."