In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, FC Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon commented on his idols and inspirations. The Italian said: “(At) the top of the list is, without doubt, Alex Zanardi. Few would’ve got back on their feet, as it were, even without legs.
He teaches us the importance of the mind, as that rules everything. Even with the difficulties of the disability, having an active mind, creating objectives, that helps you to live life with great enthusiasm”. Buffon also shared his passion for tennis: “Federer is infinite class, while Nadal is perseverance, sweat and also talent, otherwise you cannot win all the Grand Slams he achieved.
Nadal’s hard work and constant desire to improve himself allowed him to be on a par with the most talented tennis player in history. The comparison is obvious and makes me smile, as Leo Messi is Federer, while Cristiano Ronaldo is like Nadal”.
Federer said: "I try my best like in every tournament but it's true that Shanghai has a special place in my heart, I have been coming here for a long time now, I also cut the ribbon to open the stadium here 14 years ago.
It was also the first time I qualified for the Masters Cup at the time, I got to know the fans and I enjoy them. Fans incredibly support me throughout the world, in Shanghai, they are incredibly creative and also excited and loud which I appreciate a lot and I do not regret that after being on Tour for 20 years. You are the reason why I still play."