Rafa Nadal has been reflecting on the relationship and dynamics between himself, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, revealing it is something he is very proud of.
Collectively known as the Big Three, Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have dominated men's tennis for the last 15 years, collecting a total of 57 Grand Slam titles between them so far.
The World number one spot in tennis has been continually occupied by either Nadal, Federer or Djokovic for 16 years, since February 2004, apart from a brief 10 month spell 2016 - 2017 where Andy Murray interrupted their reign.
Now Nadal, who is currently in Adelaide preparing for the Australian Open, has been speaking about what the rivalry has done for tennis and for making him a better player.
"We have been here for such a very long time, since 2005 we have been competing" Rafa Nadal told CNN.
"Of course I'm very proud and happy to be part of this moment of our history of our sport."
When asked how he would describe the relationship between the top three, Nadal replied, "A very positive rivalry, honestly.
"I always had a great relationship with most of my competitors on tour.
"And with the both of them, Novak [Djokovic] and Roger [Federer], I think we always have a good relationship and a lot of respect.
"We did beautiful things together, and important things for our sport.
"In terms of professional tennis career, we push each other to be better.
"When you have someone that is doing things better than you, it gives you a clear way about what you need to improve to achieve your goals.
"That's what happened between Roger and I at the beginning and later with Novak. I enjoy the challenge to try to be competitive with everyone."
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