Roger Federer recently came back to the Centre Court for the ceremony celebrating 100 years of the All England Club. It was new for tennis fans as Federer came wearing a suit as he is not part of this year’s Wimbledon. After the ceremony, his rival Rafael Nadal talked about Federer’s absence from Wimbledon.
Furthermore, the Spaniard said, “I think Roger Federer is important in every single tournament. Not only Wimbledon. Is a well-missed player in every single event of tennis, without a doubt.”
Nadal did not shy away from admitting that he misses Federer’s absence in tournaments. The tour share one of the biggest rivalries of tennis and also share a close friendship. This is the first time since 1999 that Federer is not playing in Wimbledon.
Moreover, Nadal said, “At the same time all the things that we shared together on court is something difficult to describe, the emotions, all the things. And of course I personally miss him in the tennis tour, and tennis of course miss him, tournaments, fans, everyone.”
Rafael Nadal calls the absence of Roger Federer from Wimbledon a negative thing
Federer is now 40 years old and has an injury-prone knee that troubles him all the time. It won’t be a surprise if he announces his retirement anytime soon. When asked about him not being part of Wimbledon this year, Nadal called it a “negative thing.”
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Moreover, he said, “Well, it’s a negative thing. But the life, that’s the circle of life, you know. Time happens, and the watch, the clock never stops. This kind of stuff we need to get use.” It is very unusual to not see Federer at the Center Court. When Federer finally stepped into the court for the ceremony, he was met with a thunderous response.
Nadal also said, “But in a personal way, of course, my personal relationship with Roger have been always great, and probably my greatest rival.” Time and again, Nadal has called Federer his greatest rival and tennis fans couldn’t agree more.