'Rafael Nadal could have been a football star' - Tommy Haas


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'Rafael Nadal could have been a football star' - Tommy Haas

The former world No. 2 Tommy Haas believes that Rafael Nadal could have been a great football star if he didn't have success in tennis. In an interview to Tennisnet, Haas was asked if he thinks Nadal could have played in the second division championship.

'I think even in a higher one, looking at his family, with his uncle (Miguel Angel) who was in FC Barcelona, he could have done like him because he is a great athlete', Haas said on Nadal. Actually, the 32-year-old Mallorca native played both tennis and football as a kid.

Then Haas praised Cristiano Ronaldo: 'What he did in the last years is unbelievable, three consecutive Champions Leagues, the confidence he has inside himself. Messi is an amazing talent, but I would pick Ronaldo.' About the Portuguese player's movement on court, which may look sometimes bothering, Haas commented: 'Let's not forget that everyone plays the way he thinks it's better, even Rafa Nadal, you can like him or not, but he plays a brilliant tennis.' Haas also recalled his 2009 Wimbledon campaign, that ended only in the semifinals against Roger Federer: 'I played great tennis those two weeks, I was proud to have my breakthrough finally I finally got over the fourth round and made it all the way to the semis beating (Novak) Djokovic and )Marin) Cilic on the way – that was special.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal regrets playing in the same era as Roger Federer for one thing