Former six-time Grand Slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs feels that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are quite similar as she noted that both Nadal and Federer are great athletes and good people. «I think Roger and Rafa will be synonymous together and as they should be, because they are both really good, good partners and amazing athletes,» Stubbs said on the Off The Ball podcast, according to Sportskeeda.
After Federer announced his plans to retire from tennis after the Laver Cup, Nadal paid tribute to the Swiss with a lengthy Instagram post. Nadal and Federer have always had a lot of respect for each other and Stubbs feels that their friendship is definitely real.
«I think it was because they really loved each other as people, I think they had genuine, genuine respect and love for each other as people. They were really good friends. And I think the level of respect they have for each other showed on the court.» Stubs added.
Stubbs: Nadal, Federer have a true friendship
There is no animosity between Nadal, Federer and Djokovic. But it is well known that Nadal and Federer have a better relationship with each other than with Djokovic.
«You know, I don’t think Rafa and Novak have that kind of friendship,» Stubbs said. «There is no doubt that Roger and Novak do not have that kind of friendship. But Roger and Rafa are absolute friends.
And they mean it when they say, I want to congratulate you or well done. It is a real friendship between the two. I think no, you know, they don’t mark each other for what they’ve done. They understand that they have elevated each other, just like Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
I think both of them also realize that they brought out the best in themselves and to this day they are very good friends.» Nadal is also ready to compete in the Laver Cup, which will be marked by Federer’s retirement.