Portuguese tennis star Joao Sousa didn't back down while describing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic during his interview with Rui Unas. Federer, 37, is a record 20-time Grand Slam champion and also holds the record for the most weeks spent at the No.
1 position. Sousa, 29, threatened to stun Federer in their lone meeting at the ATP level four years ago as he won the opening set of their Halle round-of-16 match -- but eventual champion Federer recovered as he won the following two sets.
"Class. Makes everything look easier. It's absurd," Sousa said of Federer, as revealed by Jose Morgado. Nadal, a 17-time Grand Slam champion and the current world No. 1, has never been backing down from working extremely hard as he has always been known for his outstanding commitment and dedication to the game.
Nadal, 32, leads the head-to-head record against world No. 48 Sousa 2-0. "Unreal power, fight, attitude," Sousa said of Nadal. Djokovic, a 14-time Grand Slam champion and the new world No. 1 from Monday, also leads the head-to-head record against the Portuguese 2-0.
When describing Djokovic, Sousa said: "A bit of both (Federer and Nadal). (The) Perfect combination." Three-time ATP champion and former world No. 28 Sousa also underlined the importance of being mentally strong in today's tennis.
"Tennis is 70 per cent mental. The courts are getting slower and the kids are getting bigger. (Nowadays) everybody (has) got two meters, they all serve above 200km per hour and destroy every ball. For me, being mentally tough is the most important thing," Sousa opinioned Also read: 'Confident Novak Djokovic has exceeded all of his expectations'