Indian legend about Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: “I can’t just choose one of them”
Not many of us have imagined that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer would stay competitive until 2020. When the 34-year-old Spaniard won Roland Garros for the 13th time in his career, he proved once again to be bigger than ever on clay. In that way, he has joined the eternal rival at 20 Grand Slams.
The Swiss’ situation is more complicated. Before undergoing surgery on right knee, this year Roger played only in the Australian Open. Early next season, the former world number 1 will make his return to the field, even though there is no lack of scepticism about his real chances of winning another Major.
After his triumph in Paris, the Basel phenomenon was the first to compliment Rafa, providing yet another evidence to the splendid relationship between these two sports legends. As part of the documentary’ Strokes of Genius’ airing on Discovery Plus, Indian badminton superstar PV Sindhu was questioned about this epic rivalry. By the way, she is preparing for the upcoming Badminton Asia Tour.
Sindhu on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal
In her interview, she shared her opinion about which of the two is a true legend.
“I love to see both of them play the tournaments. I think both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are legends in their own way. I can’t just choose the only one. However, I believe each of both has a different game and different style of play, so I would say, both are legends,”said Sindhu.
“In my opinion, it’s the greatest rivalry both in tennis and the whole world because they have always inspired us in different ways and they are true champions.”
The Olympic silver medalist also remembered 2004 at Nadal’s win over the then No. 1 Federer. It came as an aspiration to her, which helped in defeating the quarter-finals Li Xuerui of China Masters in 2012.
As long as the latter was the Olympic champion at that point, it was the most crucial turning point of Sindhu’s career.
“In 2004 in Miami I was really young then when Nadal won against the then no 1 Federer. Honestly, it inspired me a lot.”
“The closest of that for me would be when I won in 2012 against the Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the China Masters. So yeah, that was the closest for me,”she said.