Juan Martin Del Potro makes honest career admission about Federer, Nadal and Djokovic | Tennis | Sport


As a trio, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have dominated tennis for around 15 years.

Combined, those three players have won 52 out of a possible Grand Slams since 2003.

Since Federer won his first Wimbledon title in July 2003, those three players have won 52 out of a possible 63 Grand Slams.

Del Potro is one of just five other players to win a Grand Slam in that time.

The Argentine beat Federer in the 2009 US Open final and was heralded as the man to challenge the “big three”.

Injury has played a major part in preventing Del Potro from turning his ability into major wins.

But 30-year-old insists he would not choose to have played in another era.

And he credited Federer, Nadal and Djokovic with making him a better player.

“I thought I was the world No. 3 for my first time at 30 years, but then I suffered a fracture,” he said.

“Before the injuries I could never break the barrier of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, and I achieved it now after all what I went through.

“If I could do my career again, I would choose the Roger, Rafa and Nole era.

“They made me a better player.”

Del Potro is currently recovering from a fractured right kneecap which he picked up in October.

But the 2009 US Open champion is hopeful of returning to play at the Delray Beach Open this month.

And when asked about his future, Del Potro said: “I see myself playing tennis for a few more years.

“In five years? I do not know it. I will definitely be closer to Tandil.”

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