Federer and Nadal Are Getting Closer Together

Behind the ‘raw’ photo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal that captures their enduring friendship: what is happening on the front lines of their rivalry? In the summer of 2014, Federer and Nadal were…

Federer and Nadal Are Getting Closer Together

Behind the ‘raw’ photo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal that captures their enduring friendship: what is happening on the front lines of their rivalry? In the summer of 2014, Federer and Nadal were each ranked world No. 1. Federer had finished the previous year’s Wimbledon championships before Nadal had even managed a set. Nadal, meanwhile, had gone out in the final to Federer, and since then, he has taken out two of Federer’s three Grand Slam titles. Federer has never lost an ATP Tour match in the second week, and Nadal has only lost twice in 22 sets and never even dropped serve once.

It’s no wonder that the two most dominant players in the history of the sport have been friends for so long, and despite the intensity of their rivalry, they have remained close and friendly to each other. Nadal took to Twitter after Federer won his sixth Wimbledon in the 2017 final and congratulated him on his achievement with a simple and short message: “You beat me. Thank you for coming to my party.”

Now, however, that party looks destined to be on hold. Federer’s relationship with Nadal has been further strained since the start of 2018, and it seems the two are at the point that Federer will have to look elsewhere for his next opponent. On the eve of the 2018 Australian Open final between Federer and Nick Kyrgios, he tweeted, “I wish you good luck in your first #AustralianOpen final.” Kyrgios is the favorite going into this one, due to his excellent record against the world No. 1, but Federer took aim at the Australian, saying, “I hope you enjoy yourself and have fun on the court.”

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Federer spoke candidly about the change in his relationship with Nadal, admitting that he was getting cold feet as he thought of playing another match against him.

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