Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal got back to work at 6:00 AM in Prague'

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Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal got back to work at 6:00 AM in Prague'

Roger Federer praised Rafael Nadal for playing the Laver Cup in Geneva despite he recovered for just one week following his run in New York. "He could not be more pumped up for this event. He just won the US Open. It would have been to easy for him to say, Look, I need a break, but he instead said, I will push all aside because I believe in the concept of Laver Cup and in you guys.

It's nice to have a friend like that" said Federer. "Rafa is a great team leader who only asks for a thing: putting hours in training sessions. In Prague he got back to work at 6:00 AM." On European players having more success than the rest of the world, Federer added: "Little countries like Switzerland with me and Stan Wawrinka, Serbia with Novak Djokovic or Greece with Stefanos Tsitsipas featured an increase of interest and success in tennis.

It made things tougher for United States and Australia. Europe did very well. Today Europe dominates. We are the favorites and we have to take advantage of it. Because in some years we may be happy of winning one of the last five Laver Cups."

Nadal's coach Carlos Moya spoke about the Spaniard possibly equalling Federer's 20 Grand Slam titles: "It's not an obsession. Federer could also win more Majors, but Rafa has chances to win too. It's something we will see at the end of their careers. Now we just want to keep improving and be competitive."