Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal can hurt anybody on any surface'


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Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal can hurt anybody on any surface'

Roger Federer praised Rafael Nadal's ability to evolve on hard courts and grass. The Spaniard was considered as the king of clay but he managed to be successful anywhere. He has won four US Open titles, one Australian Open, and two Wimbledon (titles).

Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface. He's that good. He's not just a clay-court specialist. [He has] improved so much over the years on this surface. He's playing also very different than he used to. He's serving way different.

I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now, how much bigger he's serving, how much faster he finishes points," admitted Federer. Serena Williams praised the Big Three. The American said: "You wouldn't think that could happen in sport, and it's happened each obviously in their own time, but the battles they have against each other are really fantastic.

I was just watching Roger's match the other day. I am every day amazed at what he can do, the magic he produces on the court. When I look at Novak to see how relaxed he is, how confident he is, it just exudes from him, which is something that's truly remarkable."

Novak Djokovic said: "It's for me definitely an honor and pleasure to be part of the same era with these two guys, without a doubt. I've said this, millions of times before, that I am the player that I am today because of these guys, mostly because of the rivalries I have with two of them. I think it can only bring positive message and value to our sport."