We play to be the best in the world: Novak Djokovic in the evergreen trio

LONDON: Some stories are evergreen. The first three of Wimbledon ... Novak Djokovic , Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal . The rapier two-handed backhand, the precision of the serve & the viciously spun forehand is back in a major quarterfinal. Again.

World no.1 Novak Djokovic, who will take on the tricky Belgian David goffin in a seventh career meeting on Wednesday, said sometimes the effort & hard work the trio put in is lost on the connoisseur.

"It takes hours of training, preparation, recovery. It's a lifestyle really," the top-seed said. "Dedication pays off. Each one of us top three guys is different, but we share that in common. We love the game & are very dedicated."

There is an advantage for elite professionals, like a knife. We play to be the best in the world. This competitiveness among us has increased over the years, has taken us to the level in which we are still competing, stressed the defender of the title. Young people will eventually replace us in the first places. This is going to happen. When? Hopefully it is not too soon, but it will happen.

The top three are exploiting the experience that comes with the age. "The best guys are fully engaged, they know exactly what to expect from the court & the conditions. That helps us play better, with experience," Federer, who plays the eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori Next, he said.

Djokovic seconded Federer. "The experience we have helps the confidence, everything that we have achieved in our careers, obviously we carry onto the court. Most of the players feel that, feel the pressure," the Serb said. "For us it's another match on centre stage, we've experienced that so many times, we feel comfortable being there & managing to play our best consistently."

Nadal, que se ha visto mejor en cada salida de SW19, dijo que el trío va por su camino, en busca de grandes títulos. No le estamos enviando un mensaje a nadie. Intentamos hacer nuestras carreras personales lo mejor posible, dijo Nadal, & agregó: Sé que la próxima generación es buena, que habrá un día en el que están. estaremos frente a nosotros. Lo que hemos logrado en los últimos 15 años es algo especial, difícil de repetir. Tantos títulos entre tres jugadores .

The incomparable Serena Williams A great winner on 23 occasions applauded the greats of the time. It's really a fantastic story, the battles they have against each other are really fantastic, said the 37-year-old. I was watching Roger's game, every day I'm surprised what he can do, the magic he produces on the court. When I look at Novak to see how relaxed he is, how confident he is, he simply exudes from him. This is something that is really remarkable.

Alignment of quarterfinals: Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. David Goffin (BEL); Guido Pella (ARG) vs. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP); Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs Sam Querrey (USES); Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. Roger Federer (SUI)