‘Not Something Everyone Can Manage’: Kylian Mbappé Admires the ‘Consistency’ of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Published 12/19/2021, 6:22 AM EST
Tennis – Laver Cup – 2nd Day – Prague, Czech Republic – September 23, 2017 – Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer of team Europe celebrate after winning the match. REUTERS/David W Cerny


Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are hugely admired worldwide. Even outside the tennis fraternity, athletes from different sports look up to them as a great source of inspiration. This time it’s PSG’s forward Kylian Mbappé, who talked about the domination of Nadal and Federer over the years.

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Mbappé emphasized how Federer and Nadal were able to stay at the top level for so long. The Frenchman himself has started to grow as one of the finest upcoming footballers in recent years.

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Kylian Mbappe admires Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have dominated the ATP tour for several years. Over the years, they have justifiably won a slew of titles. Both are now tied for the most Grand Slam titles, with Novak Djokovic owning the record with 20 Major Slams.

In a recent interview, French professional player Kylian Mbappé discussed Roger and Rafa’s consistency. ” I admire these sorts of sportspeople who have been at the top for many years. Having that consistency is not something everyone can manage,” he quoted.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of Team Europe react as they are presented to the crowd at Palais Eynard during the official welcome ceremony prior to the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo, on September 18, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

In the past, the PSG player had the opportunity to meet them at Roland Garros. From Mbappé’s wise words, we can rightfully assume that Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the greatest athletes across all sports. Even today, the duo is giving their 100% to perform at the highest level.

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer last competed professionally at the Wimbledon 2021. Despite having a good run, the Swiss ace got knocked out from the competition in the quarter-finals by Hubert Hurkacz with a huge margin. Since then, Federer is struggling with his knee and hasn’t been able to make a comeback.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his quarter final match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS/Toby Melville

He recently announced that he will not compete in the Australian Open 2022 due to a knee injury. Fans all around the world are anxiously anticipating the Swiss’ return to the tour.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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