Like several other players have during the recent lockdown, World No. 2 Rafael Nadal also built his perfect player during a recent show for ESPN in South America. On the show, Nadal said which aspects of the game he would like to pick from others and excluded himself from the selection.
Rafael Nadal says he wants Roger Federer's forehand
On the show, Nadal said he would like the serve of Croatian player Ivo Karlovic, who holds the record for the most aces in tennis history (as of February 2020, he has more than 13,500 aces).
Nadal also said that he would like to have the forehand of 20 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and the backhand of 17 time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, who are his two big rivals on the court. The Spaniard went on to say he would like to have the slice of Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and the drop shot of fellow Spaniard and good friend Marc Lopez, who he has often played doubles with.
Finally, speaking about the volleys, Nadal says he would pick the volleys of Federer from the current set of active players, though he also liked the volleys of Pete Sampras and Radek Stepanek. Rafael Nadal is a 19 time Grand Slam champion and is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.
He has also won a record 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. In addition, the Spaniard has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No.
1 five times. Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and has been named the ATP Player of the Year five times in his career so far.