The Spanish legend Rafael Nadal makes use of every weapon he can in his hunt for the second Australian Open of his career, even if it involves a little inspiration from former champions like Roger Federer. The 38 years old Swiss won the 2018 edition at Melbourne Park, but he has done something special before the Australian summer began.
Federer took a selfie with a quokka on Rottnest Island, Western Australia, and posted it on his Instagram account at that time. He got over 540,000 likes from his 7 million Insta followers. It may be just a coincidence, but Rafael Nadal followed Federer’s example and took the same selfie — ok, maybe with a different quokka — right on the first day of 2020.
It remains to be seen if the quokka magic is really true, or if it is just, as we said before, a coincidence. In his road to the 2018 Australian Open title, Federer had to defeat Thomas Berdych, Hyeon Chung and, finally, Marin Cilic.
It was quite an easy draw for Roger, who also benefited from the fact that Chung withdrew in the semifinals due to foot blisters while he was almost two sets down. Federer steered clear of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, his main rivals, as the Spaniard was eliminated by Cilic in the quarterfinals after he was forced to retire while Nole — coming after an injury — was defeated in three sets by Hyeon Chung in the 4th round.
Isn’t that the magic of a quokka? You want to see both of the selfies? Head over to Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal: Whose quokka selfie is better?.