Matteo Berrettini Compares Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and, Novak Djokovic with LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant

Published 01/05/2021, 9:04 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Fans love to but usually cannot provide valid reasoning behind comparing athletes that compete in different sports, since every game is technically very different and requires different sets of skills. However, fans tend to draw a parallel between different sports persons based on their similar strategies in their respective sport. A similar thing happened recently when Matteo Berrettini compared Rafael Nadal to LeBron James.


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Fans are quite aware of the passion Matteo Berrettini has for basketball. In a recent interview, he said that it was like a family sport for him. The World No.10 also revealed that LeBron James was his all-time favorite basketball player.

Why Matteo Berrettini compared Rafael Nadal to LeBron James?


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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

In the interview, Berrettini was asked who, according to him, was the LeBron James of tennis. He answered quite quickly and even gave a valid reason for the same.

“Nadal, in terms of physicality and because they both exploded very young,” said the Italian player. (translated by Google Translate)

Cavaliers forward LeBron James in action against the Clippers on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

It is evident that both James and Nadal have a superb physique, which became the first criteria for Berrettini’s comparison. However, his second reason fits more aptly while comparing the two legends.

Nadal won his first Grand Slam title at the age of just 19. Similarly, James in his very first season for the Cleveland Cavaliers scored 25 points against the Sacramento Kings, setting an NBA record in his debut performance.

Berrettini also compares Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic with two Basketball Legends

Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day Thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

Berrettini didn’t just stop here, but also compared Roger Federer to the great Michael Jordan. After this, he went on and said that Novak Djokovic reminded him of Kobe Bryant. He even cited the reasons for both his comparisons.


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“Federer, I would compare him to Michael Jordan. Djokovic reminds me of Kobe Bryant, for how he remains cold in difficult situations,” added the World No.10.

Berrettini believes that Federer’s legacy is as great as that of Jordon. As for Djokovic, he claimed that his ability to remain calm in tough situations reminded him of Bryant.

Comparisons are good as long as one gives a justification for them. Fans who follow different sports tend to draw these parallels based on the performances of different players. It not only enables them to think but also compare the attributes and abilities of players and even legends.


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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.