'I could not believe how receptive Roger Federer was', says top coach



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'I could not believe how receptive Roger Federer was', says top coach

What is the favorite music of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal? Music is one of the aspects that probably unites most tennis players. Some of them enter the field with headphones to relax, thanks to applications such as Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Music.

Even the Big Three Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have always been very fond of music, although they have very different musical tastes. Rafael Nadal, of all the best players, is the one who spends the most time in the locker room to listen to music before the games start.

Rafa is a great admirer of legendary Spanish music singers like Julio Iglesias and Alejandro Sanz and is a lover of songs like You (by Julio Iglesias) and Pero tu' by Alejandro Sanz. Nadal also loves Latin music very much: he listens to singers like Shakira (Does the Gypsy music video remind you of anything?) or stars like Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams.

Roger Federer, in several interviews a few years ago, revealed that he had different tastes: the Swiss Maestro, when he was young, loved disco music or DJ music, then later he also grew up musically and became passionate about Queen, Michael Jackson, AC/DC and Metallica.

He is also very fond of Lenny Kravitz and one of his favorite songs is Fly Away. Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, has more extreme tastes, since he varies a lot and goes from rock to reggae and even classical music. Years ago he stated that he loves Opera very much, but he can't go to listen to her because of his work.

Also because of this passion, Novak is probably very close to Lola Astanova, a pianist known for some of her classical music masterpieces.

Annacone talks about Federer

On the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast, Paul Annacone described the first day of his stint as Roger Federer's coach.

"Roger was amazing from the beginning," Paul Annacone said. "The first day we walked on the court in Zurich, he was hitting balls and after 10 minutes he said "Okay, what do you wanna do?" and I was like "It's that simple, I just tell you what to do and you do it? He goes "Well, maybe not that simple because if it's something I don't believe in then I'm going to ask you why.

I'm going to ask you why; when I was a kid they used to call me the 'why-man' because I always wanted to know why we were doing stuff. But if it makes sense, yeah, we'll do it." Annacone believes that the Swiss' willingness to listen makes him "one of the most unique human beings."

"I could not believe how receptive he was, to ideas, philosophies, even stuff that he didn't really (like)," Annacone added. "This is why he's one of - I think he is one of the most unique human beings. I've never been around anyone that's that successful that's so willing to listen."