“We Had to Keep Talking”: Roger Federer Reveals Discussions With Rafael Nadal During Lockdown

Published 12/20/2020, 11:30 AM EST
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)


Ever since 2004, fans have been able to see the incredible rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. They have faced each other 40 times and have had some incredible battles between them. However, despite this rivalry, both men are great friends off the court. This is why they have kept in touch during the pandemic.

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In a recent interview, Roger said,

“I talked a lot with Rafa. Because we are on the players’ council, we had to keep talking to each other: What is best for the sport? How can we bring him forward? We also called during the tough lockdown in Spain. And he asked me how I was doing after the operation.

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“At first I was happy to just stay longer in Switzerland, but at some point we realized that we were missing our friends, those from London, New York or Paris. Our life also takes place on tour, and we missed it.”

(Quotes have been translated via Google)

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

Roger Federer 2021

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At the start of 2020, Roger Federer sustained a knee injury and hence, he had to undergo surgery. He was supposed to return within the year, but unfortunately, things got complicated. The Swiss star was forced to undergo a second surgery which ended his 2020 season prematurely.

The Swiss Maestro is now eager to get back on the court, which is why he has begun his training in Dubai. He is aiming to be fit for the first Grand Slam of 2021 – the Australian Open.

This is an event that Roger surely wants to win, as his rival Rafael Nadal has equaled his Grand Slam record 0f 20. He wants to take the lead again and if he is fit, no one can count him out of winning his 21st Major in Melbourne.

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