Philippoussis: 'The six month break could have been the best thing for Federer'

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Philippoussis: 'The six month break could have been the best thing for Federer'

In a recent interview to the ATP Champions Tour website, Mark Philippoussis spoke about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's great 2017 season so far. The two players are the best ones this year seeing the ATP Race to London where Rafa overtaked Roger at No.

1 place as he reached Madrid semifinals. Philippoussis said he is not surprised with those guys. 'Nadal is just an animal, so you can’t be surprised', the former World No. 8 remarked. 'Federer being away for six months could have been the best thing for him.

It was a rare time for him to be able to recharge the batteries. Having two sets of twins can’t help! To be able to turn off and get away from tennis for a bit must have helped. He came back at the Hopman Cup and I was so impressed.

He was so relaxed on court, enjoying his time, hitting and moving so well. None of it was a surprise for me. In Australia, we got the perfect ending to a Grand Slam. The match went way beyond the hype. It was incredible. It was very inspiring for many reasons.' Speaking about his compatriot Nick Kyrgios, who beat Novak Djokovic twice this year and lost to Roger Federer in Miami After an epic match, Philippoussis added: 'We know the talent he possesses.

With the weapons he has, it doesn’t really matter who steps on court against him. I feel he’s in a position where the ball is always on his racquet and it’s always his to lose. For him to be serving huge takes a lot of pressure off, he can feel more free and go for a lot more of his shots.

Being able to serve out of tight situations is a massive advantage to have.' ALSO READ: Francis Roig: 'Rafael Nadal has the same goal of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic'