Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal share one of the greatest rivalries in history and a beautiful off-court friendship for years. Today we want to remind you of the eight best greetings from Spaniards to Switzerland.
#8 Miami 2004
The first match between the two, when the Spaniard (among Top 30He managed to defeat the world number one ranked by 63 by 63.
“I am so glad I played one of the best games of my life. He obviously didn’t perform as well in tennis and that’s why I won. If he played better I wouldn’t have had the chance. I was afraid of losing 61 61 or 61 62, but at the same time I wanted to play against the number 1 seed in the world“.
#7 Roland Garros 2010
The Spaniard, who would have won the tournament, speaks after defeating the Swiss with Robin Soderling.
“If someone says I’m better than Federer, well, that person probably doesn’t understand anything about tennis. Have you ever seen the titles he won and the ones he won? There is no comparison. This is the answer. It’s hard to compare Federer to me now because he’s won 16 trophies, only six of them“.
#6 Birthday 2017
Rafa wanted to devote a special thought to the celebration of the 36th anniversary of the birth of the historical rival.
“Hey Roger, happy birthday. Dude, you’re getting old. Just win. Leave something to the little ones, okay? Well let’s have fun and merry christmas again“.
#5 US Open 2017
Nadal talks about the constant gossip about their friendship.
“I don’t want to look like I’m her boyfriend. We don’t want to talk about such important things before our match. Well, we have a lot of mutual respect. We have played together many times. I think we’ve done important things for tennis and that gives us great fun. He has always been a great ambassador for the best values in tennis“.
#4 Laver Cup 2019
Nadal, at the event presentation ceremony, talks about their rivalry.
“Good evening, this is the hardest part for me. I present here the lesser known player. I’m going to give you my biggest competitor, but honestly, I’m a little tired of being his competitor. It’s so much better to be next to me as a member of the team. Roger Federer is the only one“.
#3 Wimbledon 2019
The painful defeat in the semi-finals did not prevent the Spaniard from congratulating his historical rival.
“Playing with Roger has always been a unique feeling. The chances of us challenging us are less and less, but we are still here and after today we will still have other chances.
It’s great to share this competition. It will not be easy to continue like this for long, but we will see in the future“.
#2 Wimbledon 2022
Nadal remembers his absence after 22 consecutive years in the London Championships.
“It’s bad, but it’s the circle of life. Time passes and the clock never stops. Personally, I will miss him very much on tour and fans around the world as well. Roger is very important in any tournament“.
#1 Retiro Laver Cup
Nadal’s message on his social media pages announces the retirement of his historical rival.
“Dear Roger, my great friend and competitor. I wish this moment would never come. It’s a sad day for me and for all of the sport in general. It has been an honor, an honor and a pleasure to share with you all these years. We had many great moments together on and off the field.
We’ll have other great moments to share in the future, and there are so many other things to do together, we both know that. For now I wish you all happiness with your wife Mirka, your children and your family and enjoy what you have. See you in London for the Laver Cup“.
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