“It means a lot for me to have this trophy one more time, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award. I’m going to put this trophy next to the other ones in a very special place here,” said Nadal, speaking from the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar’s museum in Manacor.
“Thank you very much to all my colleagues on Tour for thinking that I am the right one to receive this sportsmanship award. When someone asks me how I want to be remembered, I always answer, ‘I want to be remembered [as] a good person more than a good tennis player.’ That’s why this trophy means a lot.”
During Federer’s time away from the game, Nadal equalled his record of 20 men’s Grand Slam singles titles by landing his 13th French Open crown. But Federer has explained how the two old rivals would often keep in touch with each other. The 39-year-old says Nadal would endeavour to find out how he was during his recovery.
“I talked a lot with Rafael Nadal,” Federer told Schweizer Illustrierte.
“Because we are on the Players’ Council, we had to keep talking to each other: What is best for the sport? How can we bring it forward?
“We also called during the tough lockdown in Spain. And he asked me how I was doing after the operation.”
An Infosys ATP Insights deep dive into 88,640 first serves and second serves struck by the current Top 10 identifies that Nadal has won 58.5 per cent of all serves that are returned in the court against him.
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