The 'Fedal' has been one of the epic challenges over the years in the world of tennis. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have fascinated millions of sportsmen with their challenges, finals seen and reviewed on the earth of Paris, often or almost always dear to the Iberian champion and on the grass of Wimbledon, instead often dear to the Swiss champion.
The tenacity and determination of the Spaniard on the one hand and Roger's class on the other clearly showed one of the greatest rivalries in the history of sport, often putting aside their other historical rival, the Serbian champion and current number.
one in the world Novak Djokovic. A few days ago Rafa won the Australian Open 2022 surprising everyone and making one of the greatest returns in history, returning after months of absence in Australia after a heavy foot injury.
With this success Nadal reached 21 Slams and thus detached his rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time ranking. The Swiss champion was one of the first to congratulate Rafa by writing a beautiful message to his rival.
Former French tennis player Marion Bartoli spoke about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and praised the Swiss for the sincere words written to his colleague, friend and eternal rival. Bartoli spoke to RMC Info and said: "The message Roger posted on social media for Rafael Nadal's victory is completely sincere.
It's not fiction or just show stuff, Roger and Rafa are true friends."
Federer on his early years
During the interview, Roger Federer was also asked whether he ever felt he was destined for greater things in his early years.
In response, the Swiss disclosed that he had a very normal upbringing as a child and that his goals and aspirations only developed with time. "I come from a really normal background here, sports was always one of my favorite things to do besides going to school," Federer said.
"I was gonna be happy if I won one tournament... and if I would've made the tour top 100 and had the chance to play at Wimbledon - that would've been enough for me. But of course, as time went by, you readjust your goals, and it became from top 100 to top 50 to top 10, to hopefully one day World No.
1, and then defending Wimbledon and staying at World No. 1... it's strange how things changed, you know?" he added. "I remember the boy I was and still wanting to be that great, just a young boy who had a dream. I've just wanted to keep that mindset fresh... it's what kept me on the ground."