Defeating the ‘Big Three’ of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Grand Slams is way harder than dealing with them in three-set matches, Argentine Diego Schwartzman stated after he misplaced within the French Open semi-finals on Friday.
The 28-12 months-outdated arrived in Paris having defeated Nadal 6-2 7-5 within the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters however went down 6-3 6-3 7-6(0) towards the 12-time French Open champion in his maiden look within the final 4 of a Grand Slam.
“It’s different playing against Djokovic, Federer, Rafa, these guys. It’s not easy playing them in five sets because you have to play your best tennis maybe for three, four hours, five hours. It’s not easy. It’s not easy,” he advised reporters.
“Physically it’s very hard. Mentally it’s very hard. To improve and to beat the best guys on tour, you have to play them and you have to beat them. I like to play five sets. I feel really good today. Physically I was perfect.
“But, yeah, it’s tough to keep the level really high against these guys for maybe more than three hours.”
Between them the Big Three have gained 56 majors, that are the one tournaments nonetheless performed in one of the best-of-5 units format, with Austrian Dominic Thiem’s U.S. Open victory final month ending a run of 13 straight Grand Slam titles for them.
Schwartzman, who will break into the highest 10 when the rankings are up to date on Monday, wouldn’t be drawn into the controversy of who amongst Djokovic, Federer and Nadal was one of the best males’s participant ever.
“I’m not going to say who is better,” he stated with a smile. “But I can say the most beautiful thing about these three guys is how different are these guys on court and outside the court. They are really different.
“One likes to play on clay, the other one on grass … You know, they are different. Also one lefty, the other one aggressive, the other one is sliding like nobody.
“For me, the best part is to play with these guys. I’m enjoying a lot because at this time I can play against these three guys in different tournaments, so I’m enjoying a lot to see these guys on tour and playing against them.”
Against Nadal on Friday, Schwartzman had 12 break factors however might convert solely three and he felt the Spaniard raised his degree each time he put him beneath stress.
“Rafa is Rafa. I think he knows how to improve. He knows how to practice, how to do everything,” Schwartzman stated.
“After Rome, he goes straight to practice. He went to improve the things that he did bad in Rome. That’s why he’s in the final right now.”