In an interview to Watson, Mats Wilander made an interesting comparison between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. About the Spaniard, Wilander admitted: 'I am a big fan of him. But he understands tennis in a completely different way than Federer, or like I understand myself. He is a worker. Rafa works tennis. Their rivalry lives on this contrast.'
About Federer, Wilander also added: 'Without any doubt, now he is a more complete player than ten years ago, when he won everything. At the time he could do everything he could, it was almost ridiculous. Then Nadal and Djokovic came and Federer started to question himself.'
From 2011 to 2016, Federer won just a Grand Slam titles and lost many battles against his rivals. Explaining it, Wilander stated: 'He has weaknesses as well. But then he started playing with a clear plan. Now he exactly knows what to do. I am not saying that it wasn't the case before, but I think he became clearer in his game. And then there is another reason.'
What? 'From his injury, he seems much more relaxed. He tells himself: it's a bless that I can play again in these places, I go out there and I enjoy myself. He plays his game. He doesn't get interested at what the opponent does. He doesn't care anymore. I don't want to say that he doesn't care about winning or losing, at all. But I feel that today the game means a little bit more and the win a little by less. At the end he won everything now.'