Roger Federer: 'I am very thankful to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal'

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Roger Federer: 'I am very thankful to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal'

Roger Federer spoke about how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic influenced his career. The Swiss said: "For sure they have had an impact on my game, I would not say my personality but my fighting spirit, ability to adjust and stay humble and going back to the drawing board and improving again.

What Rafa and Novak have achieved in the last decade has been incredible and they made me improve, not only those two but also the next generation coming through like Alexander Zverev or also Juan Martin del Potro. They check you and stress you to become a better player.

They definitely tested me to the max and in a good way and they have been incredibly good for the game of tennis. I had incredible matches with them and I am very thankful to them and I hope it's the same for them too."

On his approach to the matches, Federer added: "I still get nervous, I still have the adrenaline. Some matches I am totally calm. I could be extremely nervous speaking to a lot of people or I could be extremely relaxed.

The motivation comes easily. I play in front of 10, 15,000 people usually so I get excited and try to play at my best", said Federer who hopes to win many other special matches in his career. He finally explained why he is playing in South America again: "This is also one thing that motivates me to keep playing, to play in new places or come back to places where I have enjoyed myself."