Roger Federer admits how Rafael Nadal’s rapid rise made him feel insecure – ‘He liked being at the top alone’
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Roger Federer admits how Rafael Nadal’s rapid rise made him feel insecure – ‘He liked being at the top alone’

9 more days until “Federer”: “Twelve Final Days” will be available on Amazon Prime on June 20! Roger Federer’s final match at the Laver Cup in 2022, the days leading up to it and the aftermath – it’s going to be a tearful ride. The documentary includes interviews with Federer, his family and, most interestingly, his eternal rivals. In addition to revisiting some of his iconic matches with Rafael Nadal, the Swiss maestro also sheds light on what it was like to share the spotlight with him.

Every year from 2004 to 2023, the No. 1 name in the world at the end of the year was well known – it was one of the Big Three. While Novak Djokovic was leading the rankings, Rafa and Roger had a special relationship. Who Do you remember March 28, 2004, when 17-year-old Nadal defeated then world number one Roger Federer? It took the Spaniard just 70 minutes to end Federer’s 12-game winning streak. What a way to start an epic competition!

Perhaps it was a gentle reminder to Federer that he would not be sitting out nowupstairs alone“. It wasn’t a place the Swiss master liked as much as he did he called Nadal’s emergence in racket sport a bit of a mind bender” in his latest documentary. The Spaniard’s arrival was a reminder of what lies ahead for Roger Federer’s kingdom. “I liked being on the top alone,Federer said when he did it Really he felt that his crown was in danger for the young Spaniard.

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After the 2004 match, Roger Federer said: “I’ve heard a lot about him and seen a few games his. I don’t think this is a big surprise for everyone.Federer and Nadal have faced each other 40 times in their careers, and although the Spaniard led H2H by a 24-16 margin, both players always made sure that each time they faced each other, they created a moment for fans to remember fondly . No other player in his career has challenged Federer more than Rafael Nadal, and vice versa.

But their rivalry was limited only to the boundaries of the court. Outside the court, they had a strong bond of friendship.

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They are united by the common love and affection for each other that they were Clearly shown through their actions. For example, only Rafael Nadal, of all other players, Roger Federer announced his retirement ten days before anyone else outside his family and management.

In total, they won 42 Grand Slam titles. These two used to prevent others from taking the top two spots in men’s singles. But with every sunrise comes a sunset and Roger Federer had to finally pick up his rackets in 2022.

I keep talking In this emotional moment, Nadal said: “The most important player in my career… is leaving.” The Spaniard had previously stated that when Roger Federer leaves the Tour, an important part of his life will also leave. “Because all the moments he was next to me or in front of me (for) are important moments of my life,Nadal. Both players have played a key role in motivating each other to be the best in the industry.

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Roger Federer says Rafael Nadal had ‘huge impact“in his sports career

In 2018, during an interview with Perform, Roger Federer he did not spare praise The Spaniard for his enormous contribution to pushing himself to the limits and becoming one of the best. “Well, Rafa had a huge influence on my sports career. When I came on the scene, I was trying to find my way to number one in the world. Later, he finally arrived in style as he was one of the best teenagers of all time, alongside Bjorn Borg,– said Roger Federer. He knew immediately that Nadal would be hislegal rivaland he also admitted his rivals can handle it on clay.

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Then Roger Federer ON he thanked Rafael Nadal for helping him become a better player. He added, “I will always be grateful to Rafa, him definitely made me a better player. Today I can also call him a friend.

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Although Roger Federer initially thought it would be better to sit “upstairs alone“, the temptation to compete with Rafa Nadal was too good to resist!