Matthew Ebden: Roger Federer is very interested when we talk about South Africa

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Matthew Ebden: Roger Federer is very interested when we talk about South Africa

South African born Australian tennis player spoke about his interactions with the Big Three in men's tennis - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic - in an interview to the website. Since Federer's mother is also from South Africa, Ebden says the two do speak on the country when they meet.

"I talk to Roger Federer about South Africa. He is very interested when we talk about it, since his mother is from South Africa! And I talk to Kevin (Anderson), he is a good friend of mine, we know each other when we were kids.

when we were about 8 or 10 years old then we were young juniors before leaving the country at a later stage. I know Roger the best among the three of them, I've spent a lot of time with him, all these years we've talked about many things in many different places.

We spent a lot of time training together! Ebden also spoke about Nadal and Djokovic, the other two members of the Big Three. "Rafa is very nice and polite but we talk very little. We know each other since we have played twice on the tour.

He mostly speaks Spanish and he is always with close people, mostly from his team. I know Novak very well but we have never played against each other and we are not close! He has that Serbian passion for people and for the things he believes in, such as helping those around him which is great!

The 32 year old did play diplomatic when it came to answering who would end up as the greatest tennis player among the three of them and he provided an evasive response. "The depth and level of men's tennis is phenomenal, it's getting stronger every year!"