The rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, always characterized by an enormous respect between the two legends both on and off the court, has inevitably divided fans from all over the world between the supporters of the Swiss and those of the Spanish.
Their last Slam final at the 2017 Australian Open was one of the most exciting in the history of tennis, not only for the epilogue to the fifth set, but also for the immense stakes. The famous music conductor and pianist Yannick Nezet-Seguin has revealed that he has always admired Nadal's style, although many of his colleagues prefer Federer for his innate graces.
'Roger Federer is so natural, while Rafael Nadal...'
"I note that, very often, my musician friends adore Federer, his elegance, his fluidity, his refinement" - he said. "I understand, because it represents this ideal of transcended work, when everything becomes so natural that it gives the impression that it is always easy.
Here we touch a very musical value: relaxation, the absence of tension for good sound," Nezet-Seguin continued. "But what I like most about music is passion and that's why I tend to relate to Nadal … His way of fighting for absolutely every point resonates with my consideration that absolutely every note is important," Nezet-Seguin finished.
The forced suspension for Coronavirus allowed Federer and Nadal to rest and spend time with their families. A decision by the ATP on the tournaments scheduled for August is expected in the coming days, while we will have to wait until mid-June to know the fate of the US Open.
The 38-year-old from Basel, who is still recovering from knee surgery, is not a fan of closed-door tournaments, as is the Majorcan, but it will be difficult for the public to access the Flushing Meadows facility in late August.
We recall that the Big Apple was one of the cities most affected by the virus in the world. Federer with 20 total major titles, and Nadal with 19, are first and second on the men's all-time list for the most majors titles, and hold numerous other records between them.
Together they have won 11 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2005 French Open to the 2007 US Open, as well as 6 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments on two occasions; from the 2008 French Open to the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and from the 2017 Australian Open to the 2018 French Open.