Argentine 10-pin bowler Lucas Legnani recently spoke about what goes into the making of superstar athletes like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. It is often said that Federer's natural free-flowing game has enabled him to succeed at the top of men's tennis for a much longer time while Nadal has had to work much harder due to the physical nature of his game and the many injuries that he has suffered during his career.
Lucas Legnani on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Legnani recently appeared on the 'Derribando Obstaculos' videocast by the radio program ADN Deportivo. He spoke about Federer & Nadal, as well as football superstars such as Messi and Ronaldo on the show.
"Rafa has plenty of talent today because he discovered it along the way. But the truth is that the road was physical for him, a path where the guy had to work incredibly hard. Rafa and Cristiano (Ronaldo) they are not just marketing, they are pure effort and dedication.
However, this does not mean Roger Federer and Lionel Messi don't work hard. The two had many doors that they had to open the correct way and many more that they could open in order to get there." Legnani was also asked which athlete was the best when it came to managing their emotions - something which is very important for any player and athlete.
"For me, it's Roger Federer. Everyone in tennis breaks racquets as if they have own a factory of racquets. But if you see Roger Federer he never breaks racquets, not even close to it. I know he uses the fight inside him for something really important on court.
Federer automatically focuses on what is next because if not, if you keep dragging what happened earlier, it is useless." 41 year old Lucas Legnani won the bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are considered to be among the greatest tennis players of all time in men's tennis. Federer has won 20 Grand Slams and is ranked No. 4 in the world at the age of 39. Nadal is one major behind at 19 Grand Slams and is the current World No.
2. Both players will not be competing at the US Open in New York later this month - Federer is recovering from a knee injury and will not play again in 2020 while Nadal has decided not to travel to the United States due to the current pandemic.