‘It would’ve driven Roger Federer crazy’, says top coach

The ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona ended yesterday and once again the king of clay court, Rafael Nadal, won. The Spaniard fought to the end, wasted two match points in the second set and was even forced to cancel a match point to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who appeared in great form. The two gave life to one of the most beautiful and certainly balanced matches of this 2021 and at the end after 3 hours and 40 minutes of play it was the Spaniard who triumphed with the result of 6-4; 6-7; 7-5. When we talk about Rafael Nadal on clay the data is incredible and in Barcelona the Spaniard reached yet another record during the tournament, reaching 450 career victories on clay. Nadal’s numbers are incredible and the Spaniard is the only player in history to have won at least 450 matches both on clay and on concrete and in general on two different surfaces (too little is played on grass). No one has ever approached these records and indeed Nadal’s numbers compared to other tennis players and in particular compared to the other two members of the Big Three (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic) are frightening. Recently, coach Paul Annacone spoke on the different qualities possessed by the two great individuals. The 58-year-old coach had the privilege of coaching both the talented players for considerable periods.

Paul Annacone comments on Roger Federer

“Well to me, selfishly what’s really enjoyable about coaching individual sports is you have to adjust to different personalities and you know Roger Federer is a citizen of the world, he loves to travel around and loves having his family and friends and seeing museums and architecture and shows. Pete Sampras was not like that. He was more introverted and needed to live more in a bubble to be successful.” The American coach further added, “He needed less people around and wanted to be more sheltered particularly when he was at events. That microcosm of his existence is what he needed. It would’ve driven Roger crazy but Pete looked at Roger and wonders how can this guy even play when his life is so busy.” The Geneva Open, sponsored by Gonet, is a tune-up event for this year’s Roland Garros, and is scheduled to take place from 15 to 22 May. Roger Federer recently announced his schedule for the 2021 clay season, confirming his participation in Geneva before making the trip to Paris for the French Open.

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