Roger Federer: 'Playing against Rafael Nadal has been a real privilege'

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Roger Federer: 'Playing against Rafael Nadal has been a real privilege'

Roger Federer reflected on his rivalry with Rafael Nadal. The Swiss and the Spaniard faced one another 40 times and the Mallorcan leads head to head meetings 24-16. Federer, who played with Nadal at the 2017 and 2019 Laver Cups, said: "It's been a real privilege and a pleasure to play against him.

We have had so many wonderful matches, especially at the highest of levels: in my hometown, at the Grand Slam level, at his favorite tournaments, as well, in Spain or wherever it was. We go way back. Forever we will look back and will have enjoyed some of the moments that we had."

Federer also spoke about how his own game has evolved: "My backhand was definitely my weaker shot. I've definitely improved it because everybody's been going to it, you know. Of course, serving is the easiest thing to do, just to go to the backhand.

I had to improve it, you know. I think footwork was also a thing I was not doing well on my backhand side." Novak Djokovic praised the Basel native: "The success that he has had, says enough. He has won the most Grand Slams in history.

He's rated probably as the best player in history. He has won everything that a tennis player can win and he's coming back for more. He has a lot of respect from me, from all the players. There is no question about it. But we are all rivals, we are all opponents. I don't think about his history or his success or whatever too much when I'm on the court."