Roger Federer on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic rivalry: We pushed each other to new levels

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Roger Federer looking up

Roger Federer is looking at his glass half full in terms of his rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The Big Three have won 53 of the last 64 majors with Federer sitting top of the list on 20 Grand Slams, Nadal upped his tally to 18 with his French Open win while Djokovic is on 15.

Of course it often leads to the debate about whether or not they would have had more majors individually had they played in different eras.

Federer, who will be looking for a ninth Wimbledon title this year, believes they have pushed each other to greater heights.

“I think these things don’t come around so often,” the 37-year-old said.

“It shows that side-by-side we can have incredible careers. Funny enough, you always think somebody takes away something from the other. Probably we have.

“At the same time, we also pushed each other to greater heights, to improve maybe Rafa’s grass, Novak’s whatever, hard courts, my clay. I think we definitely became better because of one another.”

He added: “I think we definitely became better because of one another. I don’t know if we’d all still be playing, maybe [if we] would have played in different eras.

“But it’s been fun having us, from my side. I don’t know, I hope the fans enjoyed it. Because I think we’re all very different characters, they could like either player.”

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