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‘Not having them around is a nice relief’, admits ATP star on Federer, Nadal and Djokovic


ATP star Lorenzo Sonego described Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as “phenomena” and admitted it is a relief when they miss a tournament.

The Miami Open – which concluded last week – was the first Masters 1000 event without any of the ‘Big Three’ present since the 2004 Paris Masters.

“Phenomena don’t miss a tournament, so not having them around, let’s say it’s a nice relief,” Sonego told La Gazzetta dello Sport when asked about the absence of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, and Dominic Thiem in Miami.

“A bit like when as a child you can have your home free to celebrate.”

The 25-year-old Italian was also asked who he sees as the ‘new leader’ of the ATP circuit after the ‘Big Three’.

“I would say Medvedev: he has already overtaken Federer and Nadal, among the new players he is certainly the strongest and the most continuous,” Sonego answered.

World No. 34 Sonego reached the semi-finals of the Sardegna Open on Friday after beating Yannick Hanfmann. He will play Taylor Fritz in the last four of the ATP 250 tournament in Cagliari.

The Italian reached the last 16 of the Miami Masters – where he lost to second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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