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“He Does Everything Well From Scratch” – Toni Nadal Drops Huge Praise for Roger Federer

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Swiss Maestro Roger Federer has been one of the most successful players in the history of tennis. He has been praised by many people and that includes his great rival Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni Nadal. Check out what Toni Nadal said about him in a recent interview.

Toni Nadal recently had an interview with the Blick Newspaper. He was asked many questions and one of those questions was about how much he likes to watch Roger Federer. He replied by saying,

“Even very. Because his aesthetics are great and his technique is almost perfect. He is lucky that he can and does everything very well from scratch. In the past, I preferred to watch him even more than today. Like Rafael, who has improved a lot on serve, Roger switched his game to do more and run less.”

Toni Nadal is right here. The Swiss maestro has made major changes to his game so that he can still play competitively at his age and he has succeeded. But his most effective change was not a change to his game but a change to his racquet back in 2017.

In 2017, Roger Federer increased the size of his racquet and it worked amazingly well. After going many years without winning Grand Slams, he managed to pick up 2 titles that year. And in addition to this, he won another Grand Slam in 2018 at the Australian Open.

Sadly, he has not managed to add to this success but he is definitely going to want to. In this break that he is getting due to the coronavirus pandemic, he is probably trying to make another change to his game. And he is going to hope that it will work now more than ever.

This is because his rival Rafael Nadal is getting dangerously close to beating his Grand Slam record. And he needs to extend his lead over him to win the race to become the GOAT of tennis. Hopefully, he will do just that when the Tour returns in August

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“Good Person”: Rafael Nadal Opens up on His Relationship With Rival Novak Djokovic

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Many tennis fans wonder how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic get along outside the tennis court. Their conduct towards each other on the tennis court is always respectful, and that translates outside the court as well, as admitted by Nadal. The Spaniard spoke about his relationship with Djokovic, whom he called a good person.

“I have a good relationship with him. Is a good person. We must relativize things between us,”  Nadal said, in a recent interview, throwing light on his camaraderie with Djokovic.

There was also speculation among fans as to what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spoke about at the end of their French Open 2020 final. Interestingly, it was one of the most one-sided battles they have played over the years. However, Nadal said that Djokovic, with whom he shares a strong relationship, simply congratulated him and nothing more.

Rafael Nadal understands why Novak Djokovic did not say much

I could not talk to him. He congratulated me on the track and that’s it. It is normal,” Nadal said. He said he understands that Djokovic was not in a mood to talk, as no one usually is, after a heartbreaking loss.

When you lose a game like that, you don’t really want to talk. I understand it,” Nadal added.

Nadal avenged his one-sided loss in the 2019 Australian Open final against Djokovic. The two men also shared a respectful exchange during the trophy ceremony post their match. Nadal lauded Djokovic and said he hopes to keep facing him, further adding to their already great rivalry.

What you’re doing in tennis is very very special. Hope to keep facing you [Djokovic] on the court for the next couple of years,” Nadal said to Djokovic.

The mutual respect between the two stars

Despite not having a conversation with Nadal after the match, Djokovic spoke highly of Nadal in his post-match presser. Djokovic highlighted why Nadal is a great champion. He also admitted that it was one of those days where Nadal was simply the better player and there was not much he could do to tame the ‘King of Clay’.

I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today,” he said.

The two champions are expected to resume their rivalry at the ATP Finals next month. While they will not face each other in the Round Robin stage, the anticipation of another Nadal-Djokovic final is already running high.

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