Patrick Rafter landed from Australia in Umag, Croatia, to play an exhibition match against Goran Ivanisevic. They faced each other in the 2001 Wimbledon final with Ivanisevic winning the title. In an interview Rafter spoke about the Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
"I have not watched it because it was too late in my country at night but it was an unbelievable match. Wimbledon was happy with what it was having", said Rafter. Asked about who is the greatest player ever, Rafter replied: "Goran, maybe.
I do not know. It's difficult to say who is the greatest ever. Rod Laver, many people can say, Federer or Nadal. It could be Novak." On Ivanisevic coaching Djokovic, Rafter added: "It can definitely bring something to Novak in the volley game.
Novak has not done that a lot in the past but Goran has a good knowledge. It's more about encouraging him. How will you tell the greatest player ever what to do? It's more about friendship and keeping a relaxed environment and if Goran can do it with Novak, he could bring that one more percent."
Rafter spoke about Nick Kyrgios: "He does not play tennis. He plays an exhibition. If you want to see an exhibition, look at Nick. But at the moment he is not entirely focused on tennis. Will he ever be, I do not know."
Asked about his current life, Rafter concluded: "I did what I wanted to for 18 years. I go surfing, walking, swimming in the ocean. I love in a farm, I work with machines Building trees, enjoying myself and eating what I plant. It's easy and I like it."