“No way I would be a journalist. You guys have tried to kill Roger often. But he’s always come back and proved you wrong. So one thing I would not do is make the mistake of saying Roger is dead.“ - Rafael Nadal
"I’ve done and lived the most with him. From five-set matches on court, to promoting a tournament in Qatar, to doing foundation work together. And I’ve gone to dinners with him. I know his family the best, as well. I know his mum, dad and sister. Yeah, our bond goes further back than the one I have with Novak or Andy. And for that reason I feel closest and most connected to Rafa.” - Roger Federer
At the end of last year he was injured and now he is there, again reaching number one. Now that there should be a change of guard in that position he deserves more than anyone , especially after winning his tenth title at the French Open.
Toni was tough on me right from the start, tougher than on the other children. He demanded a lot of me, pressured me hard. He’d use rough language, shout a lot, he’d frighten me — especially when the other boys didn’t turn up and it was just the two of us. If I saw I’d be alone with him when I arrived for training, I’d get a sinking feeling in my stomach.
It’s cool playing the Semis of the World Tour Finals. I would prefer to face Nadal in the Final, even if I have no preference. The rivalries, they are unique in many ways. The more I play Novak, the more special it becomes. But with Rafa I go back further. We were the new guys and the face of the tour for so long. The fact is obviously the epic Wimbledon finals. Then we had all these matches for me which were hard, the French Open finals. But they were very important for my career as well to win the French Open in 2009. This Rivalry is extra special
I’m not a fan of Real Madrid, but I am astounded that within one month, they went from applauding Cristiano like crazy to jeering him. That’s something that leaves me in awe. In one month he is the best in the world and in the next … people have short memories and little consideration.
Obviously that can also happen to Rafa. It wouldn’t surprise me. If that happens to Cristiano, in front of his own crowd, on the Madrid pitch, how could I be surprised?
Toni Nadal, comparing Rafael Nadal’s situation with Cristiano’s
“It’s thanks to my uncle Toni that I’m able to stay strong and to hold on to my mentality all along my career. Today, it has become second nature to me to protect what I love more than anything in the world: playing tennis.”