Renowned Canadian conductor and pianist, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, who is a major fan of tennis, says Rafael Nadal is his favourite player although most of his musician friends prefer his Swiss rival Roger Federer for his elegance and refinement.
Yannick Nezet-Seguin says he likes the way Rafael Nadal fights for every point
In a recent interview to the We Love Tennis magazine, Yannick Nezet-Seguin says, "What I like most about music is passion and that's why I tend to relate to Nadal … His way of fighting for absolutely every point resonates with my consideration that absolutely every note is important." The Canadian added that most of his musician friends prefer Federer for his elegance and refinement.
"I note that, very often, my musician friends adore Federer, his elegance, his fluidity, his refinement. I understand, because it represents this ideal of transcended work, when everything becomes so natural that it gives the impression that it is always easy." The 45 year old Yannick Nezet-Seguin is currently music director of the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
He was also principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra from 2008 to 2018. He has also met Nadal at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Roger Federer is currently in Switzerland recovering from a knee surgery he underwent in February.
His coach, Severin Luthi, had said that Federer's recovery is going slower than expected. Federer is a 20-time Grand Slam champion, the most in history by any tennis player on the men's side and is currently ranked No. 4 in the world.
Rafael Nadal is one behind Federer in the all-time Grand Slam tally list with 19 majors. He has won a record 12 French Open titles and is currently in Spain. Nadal celebrated his 34th birthday last week and is back to training at his academy after spending two months at home under the quarantine rules.
although he did say that he is resuming training slowly and will pick up the intensity of his training once the date of return for the tour is known. The tennis tour is shut down since March due to the global pandemic. There will be no tournaments till the end of July atleast. The governing bodies of tennis are expected to make a decision about the events in August by mid-June.
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