Tennis is not a job for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - Pennetta

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Tennis is not a job for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - Pennetta

In an interview, 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta spoke extremely high of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The Italian former player said: "Both of them have something more, they love tennis, for them, this is not a job but an unbelievable passion and they show it when they go on court.

They get back from some losses because they are the best mentally, they have such dedication for the sport when they head into the court and they show this love even when they do not play", admitted Pennetta who will soon give birth to a daughter.

On the future of Italian women's tennis, Pennetta said: "Now it's in a tough moment, but you need to help the younger players grow and in order to do it you need time, patience and work. In some years, when I will have a more consistent life, I would like to spend my time on it."

She finally recalled her triumph in New York: "Facing Roberta Vinci on that stage was a dream come true. I was the favorite since she was tired but also satisfied after her win over Serena Williams. We played a bad first set, then she dropped mentally.

It was an unbelievable emotion that I still feel now looking back at the images. At the time I did not understand the greatness of what had happened. It's like the pre-match adrenaline, now I feel it again when I see my husband Fabio Fognini playing, for example in Davis Cup, when Italy plays."