'We were unlucky to come across Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic', says former Top 10



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'We were unlucky to come across Roger Federer, Nadal, Djokovic', says former Top 10

Roger Federer was the World number 1 for a 310-weeks record, Novak Djokovic, the current World number 1, for 226 weeks (the fifth since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973), Rafael Nadal for 196 weeks (6th since 1973), and Andy Murray for 41 weeks.

The Big Three are the top three players of all-time in terms of Grand Slam titles won, as well as the top three players in terms of Major finals reached. Federer has reached 31 finals, Nadal 27, and Djokovic 26. They are the only three male players in history to win eight or more singles titles at the same Grand Slam: Nadal with 12 French Open titles, Federer with eight Wimbledon titles, and Djokovic with eight Australian Open titles.

(On the women's side, Martina Navratilova won nine times at Wimbledon, while Molla Mallory won eight US Championships, a predecessor of the US Open). Speaking to Eurosport, Richard Gasquet opened up about how he and other players of his ilk feel about their place in the sport.

Gasquet: 'We were unlucky to come across the Big 3'

"I hear things like 'We didn't win big titles' or that sort of thing but we must not forget that there were incredible days. I hope that the next generation (of French players) will be like us, but whatever we may say, there has still been a very very nice generation in France.

We were not very lucky to come across Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, it was complicated" - Richard Gasquet explained. "Let's say there were few chances in relation to that (winning big events).

Wawrinka did it and Marin Cilic did it...When you see the winners of Roland Garros many years ago, you realize that there were a more chances than today," added the Frenchman. "With Gaël Monfils, Gilles Simon and Jo, we fell into the most brutal period of tennis.

So we missed our chance and they (Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer) were the best players in history. We had a good time and people still don't realize it. We always tell you that no French has won a Grand Slam but we have been good.

We have made semi-finals and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga almost won in 2008. Within two or three points, he almost won the Australian Open," Gasquet finished. The Frenchman was defeated by Roger Federer in the semi-final at Wimbledon 2007 and by Novak Djokovic in 2015.