After winning the French open 2020 title, Rafael Nadal has equaled Federer by having won 20 grand slam singles titles. He won his 13th Rolland Garros title against the world number one Novak Djokovic. Nadal and Federer have always had a friendly rivalry as they are two of the best in the tennis fraternity.
Todd Woodbridge, the retired Australian tennis professional, interviewed Australia’s Wide World of Sports. He appreciated the Spaniard’s game and his in the finals on Sunday. The 49-year-old also talked about Nadal and Federer and expressed specific concerns over the latter’s recovery.
According to him, his injuries and age would play a significant role in his game’s quality. He is afraid his (Federer) body might not recover as fast and easy and will not allow him to play alongside Rafa or Djokovic.
“It’s not about the quality of his play. It’s about can his body handle seven matches at a slam? The actual ball-striking part of his game is probably as good as ever, but the body doesn’t come back as easily. The extra couple of years he’s got on Rafa and Novak makes it tough”, Todd said.
“I Don’t Expect Rafa To Retire”: Todd Woodbridge
The Australian also expressed his desire to want Roger and Rafa to end their careers with an equal number of grand slams. He believes it will be a statement that no one was better than the other and would be a great end to their rivalry.
“I don’t expect Rafa to retire, but there’d be something special about them finishing on the same number. I think it would be a testament to the amazing rivalry he and Roger have had that one of them wasn’t considered better than the other.”, Woodbridge added.