Rafael Nadal creates his perfect player around Federer, Djokovic

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Rafael Nadal creates his perfect player around Federer, Djokovic

The 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will not compete in the rest of the season, struggling with a foot injury and not wanting to risk more serious problems. Always trying to improve his game and add various elements that would make him more efficient, Nadal has also admired his rivals over the years.

Launching his tennis complex in Kuwait in February 2020, Nadal played an exhibition match against David Ferrer and spoke with the media about various topics. Asked to draw his perfect player, Rafa highlighted the best shots from his greatest rivals, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Rafa also mentioned Dominic Thiem, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Ivo Karlovic and Gael Monfils while forming a picture of his perfect player. "For backhand, I have to go with Novak Djokovic. He can defend superbly from that wing and attack both down the line and crosscourt, with plenty of options during the rallies.

I have to pick Roger Federer's forehand, as he takes the ball very early and creates winners from every part of the court. Roger can hit his forehand flat or add spin to it; it's a powerful weapon. Ivo Karlovic's serve is the most powerful initial shot in the game.

When Ivo serves well, which is the case in almost every match, the returner can not create any chance before the tie break.

Rafael Nadal spoke about his perfect player in Kuwait 2020.

I would choose myself in the segment of determination.

I had the right resolution throughout my career after all those injuries that I endured. I kept going and practiced with passion for achieving my goals and keep fighting in every match. In terms of fitness, my pick is Dominic Thiem.

Gael Monfils must be the fastest player out there, and I think Andy Murray has the best shot selection. Talent is essential in that area, and when you have the proper technique and options to play defensive tennis or attack and a solid slice and return, it makes it easier to make the right decisions during the point.

David Ferrer's attitude was right there at the top. He was constantly improving, both his perspective on the court and his game overall. David could do many things very well. Roger Federer has an impressive vision. The inspiration drives him on the court, and he is also quick on taking the right decisions at the right moments," Rafael Nadal said.