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'Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are very similar, Roger Federer is so quick,' says former US Open champion

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Former US Open champion Marin Cilic says Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have amazing intensity, while Roger Federer is the most athletic of the three.

Cilic has played 38 matches against the big three in his career so far, winning just five of them.

That has left him in a strong position to judge the games of all three and how they compare to each other, and he believes two of them are ultimately very similar characters.

"I would say for example, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are pretty similar in their intensity regarding they play every single point like it's a match point," Cilic told the Game of Two Halves podcast.

"Not saying that Roger Federer isn't [intense], but Roger is more focused on change of pace, change of speed.

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"He's having to rely a lot of his game - on a fast game, great serve, great forehand, you know, just mixing up the game and playing aggressive tennis and also playing fast.

"I will change the attribute fast to athletic, very athletic tennis in terms of stepping inside the court, coming to the net, being really really quick with his movements. His sharpness is incredible."

"And Novak and Rafa are the best guys in tennis that create pressure.

"You're always feeling like they're pushing you and, and also depends on you how long you can resist, you know, if when you're playing Grand Slam matches against them, you need to be there for hours, five hours to be able to match them up."

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