“Best Teenage Players Ever”: Roger Federer Heaps Huge Praise on Rafael Nadal and Bjorn Borg

Published 11/17/2020, 9:38 AM EST
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (R) attend the Laver Cup Gala at HEAD Geneve prior to the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo 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 Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Laver Cup)


In our era, we’ve been treated to some of the best quality of tennis. We have witnessed the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who have been carrying the sport for close to two decades now. One goes by the tag “King of Clay” while the other is a known “Grass Court Specialist.” 

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Back in the mid-1970s, there was a genius known by the name Bjorn Borg. The great Swede won six French Open titles and five Wimbledon championships. Borg was a winner of 11 Grand slam titles in his early twenties. He later shocked the world by announcing his retirement at the age of 26. 

LONDON, ENGLAND: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates victory with the trophy after the Gentlemen’s Singles final against Marin Cilic of Croatia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Legends of the Game: Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal

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Recently Federer along with Borg engaged in an interview. The Swiss did have elegant things to say regarding his idol and stated, “I’ve had some major meltdowns. Mostly angered by myself. I’ll be disappointed with some of the handshakes I gave. I felt it was the opponent’s mistake I lost even though it was all myself to blame.”

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the French Open final against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Roger went on to further glorify the legend and had good words for his fellow rival and friend, Nadal. The Swiss ace said, “Actually Bjorn and I have a similar story, the thing is Bjorn figured it out early on in his teens. It took me much later to understand. That’s why Bjorn along with Rafa is the best teenage player ever in our game.”

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Bjorn Borg still associates himself with the game. He is often seen attending matches across various venues at the grand slam events. The Spaniard is aiming to win his first-ever title at the World Tour Finals. Federer has been out of action since February this year and is targeting a return back the Australian Open 2021.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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