Promising Italian Flavio Cobolli, 18, has revealed that he would watch The Rome Derby between Roma and Lazio than Roger Federer playing against Rafael Nadal. Two weeks ago at Roland Garros, Cobolli won the French Open boys' doubles title after he and Swiss Dominic Stricker beat Bruno Oliveira and Natan Rodrigues in the final 6-2 6-4.
In an interview with CalcioMercato, Cobolli spoke about his love for Roma and revealed that Daniele De Rossi is his idol. Also, Cobolli revealed that 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic is his favorite tennis player.
"All my life the derby, also because I don't like Federer and Nadal. My favorite tennis player is Djokovic," Cobolli told CalcioMercato, as revealed by Siamo la Roma.
Nadal recently equaled Federer's record
After beating Djokovic in the French Open final, Nadal claimed his 20th Grand Slam title and tied Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list.
"I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and as a champion. As my greatest rival over many years, I believe we have pushed each other to become better players,” Federer wrote on Twitter after Nadal's victory.
“Therefore, it is a true honour for me to congratulate him on his 20th Grand Slam victory. It is especially amazing that he has now won Roland Garros an incredible 13 times, which is one of the greatest achievements in sport,” Federer wrote.
“I also congratulate his team, because nobody can do this alone. I hope 20 is just another step on the continuing journey for both of us. Well done, Rafa. You deserve it”. Nadal, who has formed one of the greatest rivalries in sport with Federer, was grateful for the Swiss' kind words.
"Thanks to Roger for the words. As everybody knows, we have a very, very good relationship. We respect each other a lot," Nadal said. "In some ways, I think he's happy when I'm winning and I'm happy when he's doing things well.
In some way for me it means a lot, the positive relationship that we have together, because we have been going through a great rivalry for a very, very long time." Nadal then showed his respect and admiration for Federer.
"For me means a lot to share this number with Roger, no? But let’s see what's going on when we finish our careers. We keep playing. I don’t know what can happen in the future. I am just excited & of course is something that means a lot to me," Nadal added.
"At the same time [we] share this record between us, [the fact] that we had an amazing rivalry for such a long time, is something in some way beautiful I really believe. Let’s see what is going on."