The former world number five Tommy Robredo spoke on his behalf. The most challenging opponent I’ve faced was Rafael Nadal. Robredo, 40, had seven encounters with Nadal, all of which ended in defeat for Robredo. Robredo has won only one set against Nadal in their seven head-to-head meetings.
“Rafa [was the toughest to play against] for the way he plays, with this speed of the ball, the spin of his forehand, for the difference due to him being left-handed, and for the way that he runs after every ball as if it were the first,” Robredo told Sportskeeda.
I’m not trying to imply that playing against the other guys is easy, but Rafa had that extra something that really hurts on the court.
When Nadal first started playing, it was obvious to Robredo that he was going to be a great player.
“It was obvious to anyone who saw Rafa play during his rookie season that he had the makings of a superstar.
That he then went on to become one of the best, if not the best, sporting athlete in the world is an astounding accomplishment “Says Robredo. Robredo also discussed who is the best tennis player of all time.
Nadal has won a record 22 Grand Slams to date, with Novak Djokovic in second place with 21. “As of right now, I would say that Rafa and Novak are neck and neck. Whether the Grand Slams are the most important or the Davis Cup, weeks at No. 1, and other factors are more significant depends on the perspective taken.
It’s hard to say at this time, “That’s what Robredo has to say. Robredo, meanwhile, called it quits in April of this year. Robredo, who is now 40 years old, requested and received a wild card into the Barcelona Open so that he could retire in the city in which he currently resides.
Robredo’s career was cut short when he lost in the first round of the Barcelona tournament to fellow Spaniard Barnabe Zapata Miralles in straight sets.