Just like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Swedish legend Bjorn Borg is one of the very few players capable of winning both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. The former world number 1's feat of triumphing six times in Paris and five in London is destined to remain forever etched in the tennis history almanacs.
During a recent interview with the newspaper 'La Stampa', Bjorn was asked if he has ever given advice to Federer and Nadal during their careers. The Swiss and the Spaniard are tied with 20 Grand Slams each, after the 34-year-old Majorcan won yet another Roland Garros in October last year.
Behind them there is always Djokovic, who is following them to 18 Majors thanks to his ninth success at the Australian Open ten days ago. Federer, who has been absent from the circuit for over a year due to a double knee surgery, will make his comeback next week on the concrete in Doha.
Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics are in the sights.
Borg on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
“Hey, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal're two of the strongest ever, they know what to do,” Bjorn Borg said. “I am rather impressed with how motivated and focused they are on the pitch.
And they are great people even outside of tennis”. According to the 64-year-old, the fact that he went through similar experiences as Federer and Nadal during his playing days has helped him connect with the duo. “Well, if you put it this way let's say they know what I did, and I know what they are doing,” Borg continued.
“I'm much older, but I've been through their own experiences, that's why we understand each other perfectly”. The Swede then listed what he feels would be Federer’s main objectives for the upcoming season.
“It's a pity that Roger decided not to play in Australia, he had a chance,” Borg said. “But for 2021 he has five goals: the first is to stay fit, the others are Wimbledon, the Olympics, the US Open, and the Laver Cup”.
Recently his agent, Tony Godsick, gave an update regarding the tournaments Federer would be seen at in the present year. Godsick did reveal that Roger will not be playing at the Miami Open and will take a ‘training break’.
The Swiss master is the defending champion as the event was canceled last year and not being a part of it will result in him losing 1000 points.