Rafael Nadal: "The rivalry with Federer has benefited the whole world of tennis"
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A few weeks ago Rafael Nadal achieved yet another incredible career success, conquering his thirteenth Roland Garros career title and reaching the incredible goal of 20 Grand Slam titles the great rival Roger Federer. The Spanish tennis player, after yet another success of an extraordinary career, was joined in Manacor by his colleagues from Corriere della Sera who held him for a pleasant and intense interview.
Rafael Nadal confesses and deals with different topics
The Mallorcan champion made the following statements: "Thirteen victories out of thirteen finals at Roland Garros? I don't know how it was possible, as it happened to me it can happen to another.
I am a normal person like all the others." Always great Rafael Nadal who then confesses his fears:" Fear of never losing! Of course, I always think I can lose and against anyone and that helps me. In general fears like that of the dark or of dogs are nonsense, I am afraid of the disease, especially for the people I love.
Covid? I am not afraid for me that I am quite young and with a good physique. But I'm worried about my parents and my community, it's the hardest time of our life and we have to fight, much more than a tennis match. We need to have confidence and face this crisis with respect for ourselves and others.
You have to have responsibility, you die from the virus but you can also starve. The blow to the economy was very hard, we need to find a balance between health and work." Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, two great rivals but certainly on excellent terms.
On this Rafa said: "Roger Federer is one of the greatest men in the history of sport. He was my biggest rival and this has benefited both of us and I think it has also benefited tennis. We have divided into sections of life and in some things like family and tranquility we are alike.
How are we different? He is Swiss and I am Latin, we have different characters and cultures. When he came to the Academy we already had excellent relations, I also went to him in Switzerland and for the exhibition in South Africa to play for his foundation." Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will play this week the Rolex Paris Masters in Paris-Bercy, to then move to London for the ATP Finals.
Roger Federer will come back on the court for the upcoming Australian Open 2021, after his two surgeries on his right knee. The Swiss Maestro also played the Australian Open this season, reaching the semifinal and losing against Novak Djokovic in straight sets.