Roger Federer: 'Rivalry with Rafael Nadal was more special than Djokovic's'

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Roger Federer: 'Rivalry with Rafael Nadal was more special than Djokovic's'

What is the most special rivalry Roger Federer has ever had? The Swiss player answered this question during a recent interview. Reflecting on this, Federer replied, 'The rivalries, they're unique in many ways,' Federer admitted.

'Obviously, the more I play Novak (Djokovic), the more he's achieving in that timeframe, the more special it becomes. It's natural because every match becomes more important that we didn't play, as well. With Rafa (Nadal) I go back further.

The fact is obviously the epic Wimbledon finals. Then we had all these matches for me which were hard, the French Open finals. But they were very important for my career as well to win the French Open in 2009. Yeah, I think we were the new guys and the face of the tour for so long.

It's nice to see Novak and Andy (Murray) breakthrough, take it to the next level. Andy winning slams, Olympic gold. The same for Novak. To go on the run he's on, was hard to predict after being stuck at 3 and 4 for a while.

So even more impressive for him to change it around and do it. That's also why I believe our rivalry has become nice as well. Which is more special? It's hard to predict. Maybe slightly Rafa just because he came before Novak.

I've always enjoyed the matchup with Novak. I think it's always very cool and athletic and straightforward, unlike Rafa where I feel like I have to change my game completely to compete with him.' ALSO READ: Stan Wawrinka breaks silence, opens up on relationship with Nick Kyrgios