Roger Federer has a privileged body for tennis, says Lopez

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Roger Federer has a privileged body for tennis, says Lopez

Feliciano Lopez praised Roger Federer's talent and longevity. Speaking to La Nacion, the Spanish player said: "I think he has a privileged body for tennis, it is perfect for this sport. His technique has helped not wear a lot of energy or hurt your body when it hits millions of balls.

I think he has been very clever in how to choose and design his calendar. Federer has played very little throughout his career, he has managed to save well. He has made unprecedented things like stop playing the clay season for several years and everything has a reason and has done well.

Then, because he has a way to play it it is amazing, technically perfect and is an athlete but not enough. You see the body and do not see Federer as tall and strong as others, but the whole coordination, speed and strength make it a perfect physique for tennis.

Being among the best in the world at 38 years is crazy." Meanwhile Federer spoke very highly of Kei Nishikori. The Swiss always had tough battles against the Japanese. "I’m a big fan of his game. He’s got one of the best backhands right now, he’s a great return player and solid mentally.

I always thought he was a great talent. I have known him since he was 16, 17 years old, so it’s been nice to see him grow. It’s definitely going to be very ­different than yesterday."