'Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are so normal and unique', says former French star

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'Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are so normal and unique', says former French star

Fabrice Santoro, who has remained on the ATP circuit for almost 21 years thanks to his atypical and spectacular style, has lived a memorable experience as mentor to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the International Premier Tennis League.

The former World number 17 has had the privilege of leading the Federer and Nadal teams on several occasions. The Frenchman is considered one of the most innovative tennis players in the history of the game, enough to induce Pete Sampras to nickname him 'The Magician'

Fabrice has never hidden his admiration for the Big 3, who dominated tennis, elevating it also in terms of popularity and appeal around the world. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are in the running to end their respective careers with the highest number of Slams, one more reason to follow the remaining two majors with interest in this troubled 2020.

Santoro on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

“I have the best of memories, the first year with Roger Federer and second year with Rafael Nadal. I was a captain in both years and was lucky to have both of them on my side.

I lived some incredible time with them,” the two-time Australian Open doubles champion told Tennis Legend. “They are both very respectful and was really easy to work with them. The most difficult part was that they are so normal and unique.

Because it’s two exceptional guys and perhaps we won’t know and guys like this later,” Fabrice Santoro said. “When you have to deal with them you see that they are super intelligent. You can see that they like to play and win, they like to learn" - he concluded.

Sadly, the 2 legends of tennis are not going to be meeting anytime soon. This is because Federer ended his 2020 season as he failed to recover from a knee surgery he underwent at the start of the year. He had to undergo another one and he wants to be at his best at the start of 2021.

Every single tennis fan will be waiting to see him play in 2021 and they will also be hoping that they will see him play Nadal in the 41st chapter of their amazing rivalry. Perhaps Nadal skips the hard courts of New York, where he's the defending champion, to be better rested and prepared for the red clay of Paris, where he could match Federer's 20 Slam triumphs with No 13 at Roland Garros.