As the most recognizable rivalry in tennis history, according to Holger Rune, the one that “sticks out” for him is that between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. When he was younger, Rune, now 19, loved watching Federer take on Nadal.
Rune agreed that the rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Federer and Nadal could not be disregarded, but claimed that Federer vs. Nadal is the one that sticks out. The ATP asked numerous players to share their favorite rivalry in honor of the 50th anniversary of the ATP Tour’s founding.
Personally, I find the Federer–Nadal match to be quite compelling. In a video for the ATP, Rune remarked, “I’ve watched a lot of their matches, and yeah, I would say the same for Federer – Novak and Rafa – Novak, but growing up Federer–Nadal really jumps out to me.
Rublev concurs with Rune that the greatest tennis rivalry has been between Federer and Nadal. Nadal defeated Federer to win the 2008 Wimbledon championship, which is recognized as one of the greatest tennis matchups in history.
There have been many unbelievable encounters, but the Wimbledon final between Rafa and Roger, possibly in 2008, immediately came to mind when Rublev was asked about his favorite rivalry in tennis.
When questioned about the best rivalries in tennis, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters runner-up, noted the rivalries amongst the big three. “Roger-Rafa, Djoko-Rafa, and Federer-Djoko are without a doubt the ones I’ve liked the best,” Federer said.
Andy Roddick‘s remarks on Federer
Andy Roddick, a former World No. 1, is the most recent to provide an opinion on Roger Federer‘s comeback. He is aware of what he had to overcome following the previous knee surgeries, according to Roddick.
He wasn’t moving all that well; he was a mere shadow of the Roger we are familiar with. To have him undergo yet another knee operation on top of that, and to have him return with that lost time, obviously, he understands it will be a difficult battle,” he continued.
We have to be patient, Roddick remarked. “It’s terrible to witness the game’s icons perish as a result of their failing bodies. Personally, I’m hoping he can return and depart on his own terms. The American continued, “I don’t care if he’s as good as he previously was; that’s immaterial to me right now. It’s crucial that he receives the proper farewell.