Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal held the top two places in the ATP rankings continuously from July 2005 to August 2009 and are the only two men in tennis history to have finished 6 seasons in the top two of the rankings. Federer was number 1 in the world for a record 237 consecutive weeks between February 2004 and August 2008.
Nadal, five years younger, took the number 2 position in the standings in July 2005, holding it continuously for 160 weeks before being able to ousting the rival from the top and taking the throne in August 2008. In a recent interview, Daniil Medvedev's former coach Jean-Rene Lisnard believes that Rafael Nadal is the greatest of all time.
He also feels that a combination of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would present the strongest form of tennis.
Lisnard on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
“I am a fan of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both," Jean-Rene Lisnard Lisnard said.
"So it depends on each case. For my example (as a trainer) it’s Nadal for me. Because his uncle is the greatest tennis trainer!” The Frenchman was not done with his comparisons there. Being a fan of both Federer and Nadal, he put forward a hypothetical situation which would represent the ‘strongest tennis’.
“For me the strongest tennis, the Michael Jordan of tennis is this totally utopian truth," said Medvedev's former coach. "You put Nadal’s mindset on the body of Federer even if he’s 45 years old.
I can’t tell the difference! It is absolutely exceptional. I think to have a 5 star place to work it's great. Rafael Nadal for me is the best example of a champion," said Lisnard. "He has the best school to train at his place and they made a business out of it.
With Toni Nadal they got their hands dirty and made a tennis legend. They will be happy and proud of it" - he concluded. The US Open in terms of protocols has taken some strict decisions. There will be no fans in the Flushing Meadows.
There will be regular temperature and symptom checks. And entourage with the player is also limited. Wesley Koolof, the dutch doubles specialist tweeted the waiver document the players have to sign to play in the US Open. The US Open is making sure that the players realize and take responsibility for the risk they are taking by coming to the US.
“I am fully aware of the risks involved with entering USTA National Tennis Center Incorporated premises and facilities located at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Flushing, New York” read the first line in the waiver.
The Waiver also had a set of rules the player has to follow to enter the facility. The player will have to follow the protocols implemented by the USTA and the local ones by the government as well. “I further understand that compliance with the COVID-19 Protocols will not eliminate these risks, even with social distancing and other safety measures in place at the Facilities.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, I elect to voluntarily participate in entering the Facilities with full knowledge that doing so may be hazardous to my health and those with whom I may come into contact”.