Petra Kvitova explains why she finds Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer likable

Kvitova has nothing but good to say about Nadal and Federer.

by Dzevad Mesic
Petra Kvitova explains why she finds Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer likable

Petra Kvitova says she likes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal "very much" because she has always thought of them as very polite individuals. In an interview with FlashScore, Kvitova was asked to reflect on Federer's retirement from tennis.

"Both times I won Wimbledon, Djokovic won it. The last memory I have of Roger is from the Wimbledon Centre Court centenary celebrations. Roger flew in for the ceremony and as we all waited outside the Centre Court gates we chatted.

And he was just chatting to me, totally cool (laughs). He was great. I personally like Roger and Rafa Nadal very much because they are polite, they always say hello, they smile, they are human," Kvitova told FlashScore. Also in the same interview, Kvitova said that Novak Djokovic "has always been very nice" toward her as well.

Kvitova on her 2022 season

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion and a former world No 2, finished 2022 with a 27-19 record. In the first half of the season, Kvitova was struggling with injuries and she wasn't doing well result-wise.

In the second half of the season, Kvitova did much better as she made it all the way on the grass courts of Eastbourne, while she ended runner-up to Caroline Garcia in the Cincinnati final. "After everything that has been happening to me since the beginning of the year, when I was injured, my game was not going well at all and I was even getting a little bit tired of everything, I ended up feeling very positive.

I'm glad I'm back from that and I'm playing, playing and playing again. The season didn't go well for us Czechs in general, but on the other hand we have a lot of young players. However, my season was successful and the title I won on grass was the icing on the cake," Kvitova reflected.

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