Roger Federer’s farewell triggered a lot of emotions, not only among tennis fans. In addition to the protagonist of this evening, many around him were overcome with emotion: In particular Rafael Nadal. The Spanish tennis player, the companion of the Swiss champion’s last brace, his great rival and great friend of his.
The twenty-two-time Grand Slam title winner returned to speak so close to the microphones of El Partidazo de COPE about that evening: “It was a moment of many shared emotions. There are many years that we have enjoyed one of the greatest athletes of all time, not just for his titles but for the way he won them.
No one in history has achieved those goals in such an elegant, majestic, and so easy way.” One of the themes that often comes up these days after retirement is the rivalry that existed between the two: It started one way and ended one way in another, in the words of the Mallorcan tennis player: “Like everything, the rivalry had its phases.
It was a relationship that was beautiful from the start and has only grown stronger over the years. In the end, our way of looking at the world and the rivalry itself meant that our personal relationship was probably more important than professional.
In fact, our friendship has been strengthened over the years: the fact that we were together on the Players’ Council to try and improve the world of tennis meant we spent many hours together. We also get along well, even if we sometimes have different opinions.
Our rivalry has evolved just as our personal relationship has evolved.” The Emotions of the Last Game and the Bernabeu Hypothesis One of the iconic moments of that last Roger Federer game was the liberating scream from the two former No held hands when the Swiss champion was celebrated.
Nadal explained: “I’m a sensitive person. When you see someone you love crying, it’s hard not to get upset. It’s a situation that’s getting a bit out of control (laughs) because it was a difficult moment to deal with and the worst thing is that when I got to the room alone, I kept crying.”
The last line is the hypothesis, originating from Spain, that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer can play a spectacle at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Real Madrid fan has some doubts about this: “I have no idea and I don’t think Madrid are obsessed with it.
Of course, if at some point a request of this kind comes up, I would be very excited, but then we should also wait for Roger’s answer.”