‘I have a good relationship with Thiem, Federer and all the Spaniards’, says Rafael Nadal

World No.2, Rafael Nadal shares his take on his relationship with fellow players on the tour.

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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem

World No.2, Rafael Nadal is one of the most likeable and respected players on the ATP tour. The Spaniard has always been mindful of his rich values and upbringing, owing to which he has treated fellow professionals with utmost respect. In addition, Nadal also refrains from any controversies and abides by the rules of the game.

Tennis is an individual sport. Over the years, the sport has seen some bitter rivalries and animosity amongst the players. However, the since the big-3 emerged, the tour has been an easy breathing place for most players.

The 20-time Grand Slam winner has also been affable and receptive in embracing the young generation. Nadal, has often been seen advising and practicing with the younger brigade, at his academy in Mallorca.

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Despite being the most dominant player from Spain, Nadal has also maintained a good relationships with his fellow countrymen. But perhaps, his friendship with arch-rival, Roger Federer is well documented.

The respect and admiration between Nadal and Federer has only grown over the years. The two legends have often played many exhibition events, and have also invited each other for special occasions.

Commenting on the relationship with fellow players, Nadal recently said, “I have a good relationship with Thiem, Federer and all the Spaniards. At the start of my career there was no Internet so we would spend more time together.”

While the 13-time French Open winner has a mutual liking with several players, he has been also rubbed the wrong way by Nick Kyrgios, Robin Soderling, Lukas Rosol and Fabio Fognini in the past. However, Nadal has remained classy and grounded in his riposte to any hostility and hatred shown towards him.

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