Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal

Djokovic, Federer and Nadal “the best three of all time”, says Davis Cup captain

Sweden’s Davis Cup captain Robin Soderling has claimed that Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are “the best three ever” and feels “the most impressive thing is they coincided in time.”

Whilst Soderling was forced into an early retirement with mononucleosis, or glandular fever, after over four years of not playing a single ATP-level match, the Swede was still able to beat all three of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Soderling was also the first player to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

In an interview with Spanish news outlet Marca, when asked who he felt was the greatest player of all time, two-time French Open finalist Soderling said “I think it depends on which player you like the most.

“What is evident is that they are the three best of all time and the most impressive thing is that they have coincided in time.

“It has been very difficult for the rest of us to make room for ourselves. I remember when I was the fourth of the world and I had to face them.”

Soderling went on to reveal that he felt Federer caused him the most problems and was his toughest opponent, but recognises that all three of them have been exceptional assets for the promotion of the sport.

“Having all three of them has been very good for promoting our sport.

“I’m not saying he was the best, but the most uncomfortable for my game was Federer. His style didn’t suit my tennis. Others will say that how Nadal and other Djokovic play are going badly.”

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