Rafael Nadal: 'I have not seen the images'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I have not seen the images'

Rafael Nadal is about to become a father. The tears that accompanied the last moments of Roger Federer's career also hide the fears of the Spanish phenomenon, who returned home after just over twenty-four hours in London and spoke of the emotions he experienced without any particular filter on Onda Cero.

"They were exciting and sad moments. On the one hand I had the enthusiasm and motivation to play that game, on the other hand I was nervous. Playing that game was an honour. We said goodbye to one of the icons of the sport, you can't help but live a moment like this with a bit of sadness," Nadal melted during Federer's speech.

At the same time, he confessed that he absolutely did not want to steal the show from the Swiss. "I haven't seen the photos yet, but it was a very emotional moment. I didn't want to cry, it was his time, but I'm a very sensitive person and seeing him like that moved me.

Ours has always been a very healthy rivalry, since we met in Miami in 2004. And since then we have always had a great feeling, although we had already met at the Nike headquarters in 2002. In addition to being a fundamental element in my sports career, he has also been a model for me.

Together we have experienced hundreds of things, on and off the pitch. The memories will remain for something unrepeatable" A rivalry, yes. Probably the most emblematic in the history of tennis, if not the sport in general.

A rivalry that turned into friendship, especially in the last ten years.

Rafa Nadal cried

During the interview, Rafael Nadal continued to touch on Roger Federer's retirement at the Laver Cup, stating that he has no other option but to embrace the sadness that comes with accepting that one of the greatest icons of tennis has left the sport.

"One of the greatest icons in the history of sports is leaving. And ultimately you live it with sadness, too," he said. "I said it the other day, in the end it's leaving someone who has entertained, moved and inspired many people in the world and somehow I am also one of them.

To tell you the truth, I don't even remember that moment, honestly. I have not seen the images," Nadal said. "This is the reality. And well, in the end, if I'm honest, there were moments that were difficult because somehow I didn't want to cry either."