Jo-Wilfried Tsonga says it was 'impossible not to get discouraged' whilst trying to compete in the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic era.
Tsonga reached a Grand Slam final and four semi-finals during the peak years of his career, but like so many others over the last 15 years found the big three just too great an obstacle to overcome.
And, in a candid interview with Eurosport, Tsonga has described the sheer frustrations of having the three greatest players in history blocking his path to success.
"Let's be honest: I would have loved it if these three guys hadn't existed," Tsonga joked about Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic.
"When you are in the elite year after year and you see that you can reach the top 5, but you can't get beyond that because they're ahead, you wonder where you could go.
"There were times when I felt good on the court, I won the round of 16, but I was looking at the draw and it was impossible not to get discouraged.
"in the quarterfinals I would play one of them and most likely if I win I would play another in the semi-finals and the third in the final
"[Then you would] say to yourself that if you became a champion, it's a miracle."
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