'Rafael Nadal is more likable than Roger Federer,' Swiatek's coach recalls

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'Rafael Nadal is more likable than Roger Federer,' Swiatek's coach recalls

The young gun Iga Swiatek was among the players to watch at the last year's Roland Garros. The Polish teenager made the fourth round on her debut in Paris in 2019 and returned even stronger to claim the title last October at 19 and write tennis history.

In the final, Swiatek took down the Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1, holding nerves and keeping everything under control in the most crucial match of her young career. Like Rafael Nadal in the men's draw, Iga claimed the title without losing a set, sharing the achievement with the Spaniard and supporting him en route towards the 20th Major title and the 13th in Paris.

Swiatek's coach Piotr Sierzputowski is also impressed by Nadal, calling him more likable and affordable than Roger Federer. Sierzputowski said you could not see the Swiss around the other players in their joined rooms, as he usually disappears after the matches, while Nadal is there to share the table and eat the same food with them.

Despite being a machine on the court, Nadal has an expressed human side, something Iga Swiatek and her coach like a lot about him. Competing at his 16th Roland Garros last year, Rafa claimed the 13th title, beating all rivals in straight sets for the fourth time in a career in Paris and extending his clay-court dominance at 34.

Iga Swiatek's coach spoke about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Playing only three matches since March, Rafa had to find his A-game to stay competitive in tough conditions that had nothing to do with typical Parisian weather in May and June, passing all the obstacles to join Federer on 20 Majors.

"I can see why Iga is a massive fan of Rafa. He is a great and well-behaved guy who always says hi, winks, smiles at you; he is never rude. Djokovic is very helpful; you can not deny it. Roger is a legend, one can not dislike him, but he can not be liked as much as Rafa.

Roger isn't where all the players are; he disappears. Rafa plays board games with his team, sits with other players, and eats the same stuff. Roger has his cook who flies with him. These details make Rafa more likable, more human, despite being a machine on the court," Piotr Sierzputowski said.