In an interview with Tennis365, Manchester United's Juan Mata, while promoting his new book 'Suddenly a Footballer', spoke about what he loves the most of tennis and shared his thoughts on the rivalry involving Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Mata said: “When you look at Federer and Nadal, they have achieved something that is incredible and almost unique in sport because when they play each other, most of us watching are enjoying the spectacle and appreciate the quality of what we are seeing rather than worrying about who wins.
Normally in sport, we have someone to support and want to see them come out on top, but when it is Federer v Nadal, we are just excited to see something special between two incredible players. Okay, I am Spanish and I am a big admirer of what Nadal has done, but Federer also is a very special athlete.
When I see a Federer and Nadal game, I always make sure I have the time to just sit there and enjoy it. These are two of the all-time greats in sport, not just in tennis and you have to see them every time they play. Both are great, both are very likeable athletes and I am always happy with the outcome whatever it might be.
This show how much we have grown to admire these two players. It is an incredible achievement for these two sportsmen to get to a point where they have everyone supporting them." Federer and Nadal last faced one another earlier this year in the Wimbledon semifinals.