Federer shares a warm prise for Nadal: "It will play a great Roland Garros"

The Swiss Maestro highlighted how he is a big fan of his Spanish friend and rival

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Federer shares a warm prise for Nadal: "It will play a great Roland Garros"
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"There is a big chance that it will be my last Roland Garros, but I won't tell you 100% that it will be the last, I can't predict what will happen. I've been through a long recovery process, at least two years of suffering. But it seems that feel better now. So I don't want to close the door 100%."

Why are Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal so loved by fans and crowds? The answer is simple; just look at how much affection they enjoy from fans and crowds. Federer finished his career in 2022, Rafa is still fighting, as you can read from his statements released on the media day of the Roland Garros. Nadal will play his first round at the French Open tomorrow, Tuesday 28 May 2024. Alexander Zverev will be waiting for him, in a first round of the Parisian tournament that promises to be spectacular and full of emotions.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

Having rushed to Paris for an event with sup sponsor UNIQLO and to enjoy the spectacle of the Roland Garros, Federer is ready to support Nadal in what could be the last tournament of his career This edition of Roland Garros could have similarities with the 2022 Laver Cup, the last tournament played by Roger. Federer hopes that his friend can still postpone the moment of farewell.

"Lately Rafa has opened up about emotions, about how he feels. From that moment, you know that he has a few weeks, a few months, a year at most. I heard a lot of things, that maybe the end would happen during this Roland Garros or after the Olympic Games or that it would still be next year, which I really hope. I have always been a big fan of him. I think Rafa can have a great Roland Garros. The doubt is not about his level of play, for some time now I have had the impression that his biggest problem is his recovery times. The recovery day between matches is what he needs. The five sets are an unknown, but in any case I think he is capable of having a great tournament, without putting too much pressure on him," he told during an interview with the French newspaper l'Equipe.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Sport - Mike Hewitt

In the new advertising campaign for Louis Vuitton, starring Federer Nadal himself, the Swiss Maestro touched on some interesting themes, ranging from his career to what he remembers most about it.

"I don't just want to be remembered for the tennis player I was, but also for the person. What I did and represented for tennis. I would like to be remembered for my personality as well as the player I was. Being a role model for children would make me happy. My biggest achievement in sport was becoming ATP No.1, overall, I'm happy with my career. When you are young you don't want to hear certain things, but you have to trust the people who want your best: parents, coaches, athletic trainers, physiotherapists.

Stefan Edberg as a tennis player was my inspiration and so was Pete Sampras. They are special people in my life. Stefan also trained me for two years and it was special. I like basketball and, clearly, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal have inspired me. Secret? Maybe even a little thing you add to your game. Even when you are playing well, there is always something you can do to improve. What would I tell my younger self? To surround myself with the right people, choose the best ones capable of inspiring and motivating me to get to the top," explained Federer.

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