When it comes to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, there has been nothing but a talk of rivalry between both. Lately, after Rafa equalled Roger’s record 20 Grand Slam titles, the spark of a healthy relationship and brotherhood has been seen in their latest interviews about each other.
However, competition between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal can never be ending, but it can certainly raise a bar of mutual respect’s game. Similarly, Rafael Nadal was recently interviewed about his relationship and friendship with the champion itself. Moreover, the Spanish tennis ace explained their mutual affection.
“He(Roger Federer) Was My Great Rival”: Rafael Nadal
Nadal started by answering about who is Roger for him? “Roger Federer is one of the greatest men in the history of the sport.”
Explaining their bitter-sweet relationship from the initial period, Rafael Nadal said, “Another compañero (companion). He was my great rival, and this has benefited both of them, and to tennis a little too. We have divided a stretch of life. In some things we are alike: we care for tranquillity, for family. In others, we are different.”
Further, Rafa also mentioned that they both are very different in terms of many things. “Well, he’s Swiss. I am Latin. We have different characters, cultures, ways of life.”
On questioning about what has changed between both of them after Roger Federer came to his Manacor tennis academy, Rafael Nadal said, “Nothing has changed, because relations were already good; otherwise he would never have come. And I went to him in Switzerland and South Africa to play for his Foundation.”
It is incredible to see the mutual relationship between the top players as both of them leave no stone unturned to support each other.