Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe says he doesn't have idols anymore but he admires great champions such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. "Do I still have idols? I no longer have idols, but I still admire those who have marked the history of sport, including in other disciplines.
I know what their exploits represent in terms of sacrifice, of effort," Mbappe told Paris Match magazine, as revealed on Sportskeeda. Mbappe is a tennis fan and he had a chance to chat with Nadal and Federer. "I watch basketball and tennis a lot," Mbappe added.
"At Roland Garros, where I love to go, I had the opportunity to chat with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal. I admire these champions who have been able to stay on top for many years. It’s not for everyone to have such consistency."
Federer once praised Mbappe
Back in 2018, Federer spoke extremely highly of Mbappe. "I like his speed and his attitude," Federer said. "He seems nice, I like watching him play." Meanwhile, Federer is recovering from a knee surgery.
Former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych said Federer needs to mentally prepare for the final match. "He's going to try to prepare himself as best as possible and he's experienced enough to know that it won't happen at one tournament," Berdych said.
"But, without matches and being 40 years old, it'll be very difficult to judge your level. "If you are in the middle of your career and you get injured for six months and you do a good preparation basically you know what's going to happen when you start to play.
"But I think in this situation he needs to be mentally ready to know that it could be just one match, even if he's done everything possible. It's not easy and then the young guys will be there and won't give him any favours."