In an interview Rafael Nadal's uncle and former coach Toni spoke about what makes Roger Federer great, particularly praising his net skills. Federer is still able to play an aggressive tennis and come forward at 38 years of age against the best players in the world.
"For me the greatest players are the ones that adapt themselves to the conditions. The way they win points is one of the toughest. They cover the court very well and they do not give a point for lost. They do not give you anything and they have a big ambition.
The other one is that they are able to win lost points. For example Rafael had a mental strength that makes him very strong. Roger Federer has an extreme ability in playing at the net. Each of them have something special to be there at the top", said Toni.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner is a big inspiration, including for Stefanos Tsitsipas who connects his Monte Carlo tournament memories to the Big Three: "It was one of the first tournaments where I watched players competing.
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic... A lot of great memories from this place this tournament has a lot of history, my mom won it 40 years ago when it taking place on the women's side. I am really I got to develop in a way that I am able to play here one day."
Federer is playing an exhibition match in Tokyo, Japan, and will soon fly back to Switzerland in order to prepare ahead of the Basel's Swiss Indoors.