Rafael Nadal returns to the Tour after almost a year away due to injury. The Spaniard’s decision was commented on by his recent rival Roger Federer. The Swiss also spoke about Novak Djokovic.
Some time ago, Rafael Nadal said that he would return to the court in January. The Spaniard has been sidelined since the second round of the 2023 Australian Open when he suffered a thigh injury. Unfortunately, the injury was so serious that it took him about a year to fully recover.
Roger Federer reacts to Rafael Nadal’s decision to return to the court
This news about the 37-year-old football player pleased many fans, as well as people associated with tennis. The news also reached his current opponent, Roger Federer, who, while in China, commented on Rafael Nadal’s decision in an interview with CGTN Sports Scene.
The Swiss admitted that he hopes to see Nadal in great shape. “I hope Rafa comes back very strong next year,” he said.
He then moved on to his other great rival, Novak Djokovic. “I hope Novak will be able to play as much as he wants, because having such people is good for competition,” he emphasized.
Beautiful words from Roger Federer about his great rivals
Roger Federer shared the stage with the Spaniard and Serbian for many years. During his career, he faced Novak Djokovic 50 times (27 versus 23 for the Serbian) and played Rafael Nadal 40 times (24 versus 16 for the Spaniard).
“I can only say the best about them.” It was great sharing the stage with them for so many years. I’ve been very lucky to have played against each of them many times. I have many wonderful memories of great battles against them,” he concluded.
Next year’s Australian Open will take place from January 14 to 28. The title won last year will be defended by Serbian Novak Djokovic, and in the women’s category – Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.
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