Tennis fans from all over the world were able to admire them against each other in an official competitive competition 40 times: Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal have made and continue to write the history of this sport thanks to their performances and triumphs, which it is difficult for any of the new generations to repeat.
The two, among the best players ever of the Game, have always battled on the playing court and currently hold the same number of Grand Slam titles, together with Serbian world no.1 Novak Djokovic, who joined later but seems the most accredited to finish ahead of everyone in the special ranking of Slam titles.
Among the clashes, it is clear that the Spanish player has literally dominated the challenges on clay, practically not giving the Swiss a chance to worry him too much: 14-2 the result in this surface, of which a clear 6-0 at Roland Garros , second home of the Majorcan.
As for the concrete and the grass, the comparison is more balanced, with the advantage retained by the 40-year-old from Basel, who, however, in the general calculation is under 24-16,
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Both have had to cope with advancing age and various annoying injuries this 2021 season, which prevented them from being competitive on the ATP Tour.
The coach of Polish tennis player Iga Swiatek, Piotr Sierzputowski, said he was impressed by Rafa’s talent in a recent statement, noting that his athlete is a big fan of the Manacor native. He said: “I understand why Iga is a huge fan of Rafa.
He is a great and well-mannered guy, who always greets you, winks, smiles at you and is never rude. Djokovic is very helpful, there is no denying it. Roger is a legend, you can’t help but like him, but not as much as Nadal.”
Then he continued, pointing out some aspects to confirm his thesis: “Roger distances himself a little from the rest of the players. Rafa plays with his team, sits with other tennis players and eats the same things. Federer has his cook flying with him. These details make Rafa nicer, more human, despite being a machine on the court.”