Lorenzo Sonego says when the big three of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic miss a tournament, it's 'like a party' for the rest of the Tour.
Sonego is part of a resurgence in Italian tennis right now, steadily climbing to world number 34 in recent years.
Despite the feeling Italian tennis may dominate men's tennis in the future, though, the established big three of Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal are still very much on top in terms of winning majors.
And that, according to Sonego, makes for a very different atmosphere when they are not around.
"The Big three usually don't miss a tournament, so not having them around like in Miami let's say it's a nice relief.
"A bit like when as a child you can have your house to yourself and you can have a party.
"In Miami I felt very comfortable. We worked well in the winter break. We also spent some time at the Nadal Academy.
"I feel really improved, but the general level is very high. I have been doing well since the beginning of the year and I am playing well.
"I am calm and I have always felt good on clay, I will play difficult matches but I will take the field with great conviction ”.
Sonego was also asked who he considers to be the closest to ending the dominance of the Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer, and he said there is one obvious name that stands out.
"I would say Medvedev: he has already overtaken Federer and Nadal [in the rankings]," he said. "Among the new players he is certainly the strongest and the most consistent.
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