There is no greater rivalry than the one between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in tennis in recent times. However, both have great respect for each other and are very friendly at the same time. Additionally, this sets their rivalry apart.
Roger announced that he would not be playing the game for the rest of 2020 which raised to assumptions that he may not return to his level after he recovers.
However, Nadal said in an interview with GQ magazine that Federer’s passion for the game has nothing to do with the records that he holds. Nadal has 19 Grand Slams to his name. And he will equal Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams if he wins in the upcoming French Open.
In the interview, Nadal said, “I do not think Roger continues to play the game for me or anyone. He still continues to play because he loves the game. For this simple reason, that he enjoys what he is doing. And it has been the same for several years now.”
Federer Is Not Someone Who Gives Up Easily
This is nothing new for Federer as he was the victim to a similar injury way back in 2016. And due to the same, he had to skip months of tennis. Additionally, he returned to the court and won the Australian Open in 2017.
While things might not be the same for the former world number one, yet if we go by the words of Nadal, who knows Roger may come back with the same passion to win tournaments.
Additionally, Nadal has skipped the US Open in New York which will be starting from August 31. He will now be playing in the French Open which will begin in late September.