Swiss tennis player Jil Teichmann says she has a great level of respect and admiration for Rafael Nadal but still Roger Federer is the one she would pick between the two all-time greats. Even though Federer and Nadal are big rivals on the court, they have a good relationship and respect each other.
Nadal, a record 21-time Grand Slam champion, enjoys a good reputation so it is not a surprise when a Swiss says it respects the Spaniard. "I have a lot of respect for [Rafael Nadal], besides he is left-handed and I have affection for him, but the thing is that Federer...
I have to pick Federer [between the two]," Teichmann told Punto de Break, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Teichmann speaks a good Spanish
Teichmann was born in Barcelona and naturally she speaks very good Spanish. "People don't know it, but I don't even have a Spanish passport.
I speak very good Spanish, yes. I was born in Barcelona, yes. But I grew up in Switzerland, I went to Swiss school and at home I only speak Swiss," Teichmann said. "Holidays, family... sounds weird but I'm very Swiss." Teichmann is playing this week in the country where she was born.
On Sunday, Teichmann surprised 2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-4 to progress into the Madrid round-of-16. "I train in Barcelona, my whole team is from Barcelona, but I live in Switzerland," Teichmann said. "My parents are Swiss, my whole family lives there, but yes, I have everything between two countries, it's a bit weird." Teichmann is bidding to reach her second quarterfinal of the year.
Teichmann has been playing well in Madrid so far as she made the round-of-16 without a dropped set. In the round-of-16, Teichmann is set to play Elena Rybakina and reach her first Madrid quarterfinal. It remains to be seen if Teichmann can upset Rybakina.