Toni Nadal opens up on Roger Federer’s retirement and how the Swiss icon impacted Rafael Nadal throughout his career

Toni Nadal talks about how Roger Federer's retirement affected Rafael Nadal and himself

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Toni Nadal
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Toni Nadal

Roger Federer, the 41-year-old Swiss tennis professional is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. With 20 grand slam titles to his name, Federer has etched his name in the history of this sport. The Swiss icon recently retired from the sport after receiving an amazing farewell at the Laver Cup.

In a recent interview with AS, Toni Nadal spoke up about how he experienced Roger Federer’s retirement with Rafael Nadal. He said, With emotion, as I think the vast majority of people. The firing of someone like Federer is something that hurts you. We knew he was close though because he hadn’t recovered from his injuries. But when the time comes… A person like Federer, the benchmark he has been, all the years that we live with him, they are still many years of fighting for the same thing. 

In the end, that affects everyone. I, in particular, would have liked Roger to have continued playing. First, for a tennis issue, I really like watching him play. And then because a figure like his is good for the sport. It’s hard to say what icon or number you are, but he’s one of the biggest icons in sport, and probably one of the most respected, maybe the most,” he added further

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Toni Nadal talks about how Roger Federer pushed Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have had one of the most iconic rivalries in all of sport. The two players gave it their all to become the best the two surely created a legacy that will be remembered for the generations to come.

Talking about how Federer pushed Nadal, Toni Nadal said, “When you have a rival that forces you to go to the limit, either you go to the limit or you go out. Federer always made things very difficult for us on any surface. There was no choice but for Rafael to adapt and always look for solutions. I think that both Rafael forced Federer to go to the limit, as well as Roger forced my nephew to do the same.

Now that Federer has retired, only Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are left to carry on the legacy of being the greatest tennis players of all time. With the Swiss icon’s retirement, the tennis world will be left with a massive gap that possibly cannot be filled.

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Akshit Bhatnagar is an avid sports fan who covers Tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from JECRC University, Jaipur. He is a huge Tennis and Football fan who supports Bayern Munich and loves Novak Djokovic.