Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are friends off-court and they often praise each other although they have faced one another for the biggest titles in history. The Swiss and the Spaniard played the Laver Cup together twice for Team Europe in 2017 and 2019.
They are also part of the ATP Player's Council, and in March during the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Basel native invited the Mallorcan to his home in order to discuss about the happenings on the Player Council then.
However, Nadal hinted that he and Federer do not share too many similarities. "The concept of the friend for me is very meaningful and it's something powerful. For example, with Roger Federer, we have the rivalry and our life routines are very different," admitted the 33-year-old.
"I would tell you I do not have friends, but very good mates. I play cards a lot and I try doing it between warm-up and the match. It helps me disconnecting and that's important because it allows me to spend enjoyable moments with my team and not checking the mobile phone all the time, disconnected by the world."
Alexander Zverev was lucky and privileged enough to play the Laver Cup thrice. The German appreciates the Swiss both as a person and a player. I like to joke and not take everything too seriously. Roger is a funny guy in the locker room too," confessed the Hamburg native who also likes the 19-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime: "He always walks around, even when he was younger, he’s still young but when he was just starting and the first few times that everybody saw him on the Tour he was always very polite and always very positive."