Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander says Roger Federer makes tennis very easy, but he still finds Rafael Nadal more eye-catching than Federer and Novak Djokovic. The Big Three – Nadal, Federer and Djokovic – are considered the three greatest players in tennis history.
Federer, 20 times Grand Slam champion, was considered by many to be the player with the most beautiful and aesthetic game. Even though Wilander agrees that Federer makes tennis very easy, he still likes Nadal’s game more.
“The older I get, the more I like to watch him play,” Wilander told L’Equipe. “You can see that he trusts his variations more than when he was 22 or 23. I find his tennis more fun than Roger’s or Novak’s.
With Roger, everything seems easy. It’s simple and aesthetic.”
Wilander: Nadal is different
“Rafa is different: his real personality comes out when the racket hits the ball. Of course, the beginning and end of the movement are not as smooth as with Roger.
But the contact with the ball is so pure, his ball touch is so extraordinary that I am amazed. I’ve always loved its intensity and emotional involvement. But before, there was a repetitive aspect to his game. We knew exactly how he was going to win the point.
And we knew he would win 6-2 6-2 6-2. Now he is creating uncertainty: what will he do next? It’s like watching Federer when he was at his best. I don’t want to comment on his games anymore, I just want to watch him play,” added Wilander.
Meanwhile, Nadal is taking some time off after his 22nd Grand Slam victory at Roland Garros. In the upcoming period, Nadal plans to resolve his chronic foot problem and he hopes to be able to compete at Wimbledon.