“We Are Not Close Friends”: Rafael Nadal on Relationship With Roger Federer

Published 03/25/2021, 1:56 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after defeating him in the Men’s Singles Semi Final at The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship at the All England Lawn and Tennis Club at Wimbledon on in London, England. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Anychance/Getty Images)


Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are truly two of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport. Over the last 15 years, fans have been witnessing an intense rivalry between the two athletes. Apart from being rivals, the two are cordial off the court, which isn’t always the case between great rivals in sports. They not only respect each other but complement one another as well.

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In a recent interview, World No.3 Rafael Nadal opened up about his relationship with Roger Federer. The Spaniard mentioned that he and Federer are great companions, and their relationship has improved over the years.

“We are very good companions and as the time went on, our relationship improved,” said Rafa in the interview.

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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 8: Roger Federer (R) of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal (L) of Spain play a tennis match at Cape Town Stadium as part of an exhibition game held to support the education of African children, on February 8, 2020, in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Even though Nadal admitted that they are good companions, he also said that they are not really close to each other. He also mentioned that he would not share everything with him.

“We are not close friends, I would not tell him that my knee hurts before facing him!” added the Spaniard.

“Can call each other anytime and speak about anything”- Rafael Nadal on Roger Federer

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Even though Rafa claimed that they are not that close, he also revealed an interesting thing. According to him, the two can call each other anytime and speak about different things. Interestingly, Nadal had a chat with the Swiss maestro just today.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal of Team Europe react as they are 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.  The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

“We can call each other anytime and speak about anything. I spoke with him just today!” concluded the World No.3 player.

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Federer and Rafa are both not playing at the ongoing Miami Open 2021. Fans believe that Federer will be fit by the upcoming clay-court season and they soon will be able to watch some more of ‘Fedal’ matches.

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Anshul Singh

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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.

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