In an interview to Le Journal Dimanche the French writer Javier Cercas spoke about what makes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal so exciting. Cercas said: "Nadal was built in opposition with Federer. With his top spin, he built an amazing weapon.
Novak Djokovic built a game in order to cope with Nadal. Without Nadal, Federer would have not won so many Grand Slams and viceversa. We are living in a strange time, with the three greatest players ever plus Rod Laver competing.
Usually, champions do not win a lot or they stay around for such a long time. They have been here for more than 15 years. Their rivalry built their longevity." Asked who he prefers between Nadal and Federer, Cercas replied: "Watching Nadal makes me enjoy much more.
First of all because I prefer clay. Like all the Spaniards, that's the surface where I figured out tennis. Points last more, strategy matters more. Federer has an unbelievable elegance but with Nadal points more are more challenging, more different.
The hard and grass courts are not that great. I will always watch a Nadal match rather than Federer. People who claims Nadal is only giving the ball back never held a racket with their hand. He is probably more physical than Federer, but if he was not talented, he would have not won so many Majors."