Argentine world No. 62 Juan Ignacio Londero enjoyed playing against each member of the Big Three but record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer appears to be the one who impressed him the most. The 26-year-old fell short in each of his clashes against the Big Three but still it was a memorable experience for him.
"I liked playing with all three, although Federer surprised me a little more by what it means. The match with Nadal was incredible and doing it at Roland Garros was very special," Londero told Pagina12. “The main difference I noticed is that Federer can beat you up at any time; the other two didn't give me that feeling.
But deep down, all three are the same: they are extremely superior and have been up there for a long time. With Djokovic I liked playing at the US Open, I felt quite comfortable beyond his shoulder discomfort and it was the match I played the best of the three.
Earlier this year, Londero made his Davis Cup debut against Colombia -- where he won one and lost one singles match. "The Davis Cup was an incredible feeling: few competitions generate the adrenaline and pride of representing the country.
It was one of my best experiences," Londero claimed.
Londero willing to play the US Open
Londero, who lost to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open second round last year, is set to make his second appearance at Flushing Meadows.
"I never had any doubts about playing because the idea was always to go to the first tournaments that were enabled. The conditions are going to be a little strange, different than usual, but it is what we have to live in the whole world," Londero said.
2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro recently split with coach Sebastian Prieto, who has now focused on working with Londero. "This time was good for me because I just changed my coach and we were able to do many of the things designed to improve my conditions," Londero added.
"We are working hard on the serve, the volley, the defensive shots, the slice, everything to try to improve my game and have a game with more weapons." Londero achieved a career-high ranking of No. 50 in the world toward the end of the last season.
"I do not want to set ranking goals: the objective is to improve and what has to be come to pass," Londero noted.