Rafa Roundup: Here’s why fans love Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

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Toni Nadal admitted that he has spoken to the now 22-time Grand Slam champion about his comeback to tennis, “I spoke with him on Saturday. And he will only come back if he is in good condition, 100%.”

He continued, “He knows that otherwise it will not be good for him. He played the Australian Open without being on top. I think he wants to feel very good. He would like to arrive at Roland Garros with confidence and a good physique. For now, we have to wait. But he still has the mind to try to win another time.”

Toni added, “Even if Rafa wouldn’t play any match before Roland Garros, I’m confident. Sometimes when he arrived at Roland Garros his first match was not so good, like was the case last year, but then match after match he played better and better. He plays round after round with more intensity, better and better with his legs, so I hope this year he can do the same even if it will be difficult.”

Serena Williams’ ex-coach Patrick Mouratoglou has given his views on why fans love Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, stating that the Swiss maestro exudes perfection and class while the King of Clay is loved for his fighting spirit and humility.

“Rafa Nadal is liked because he gives everything on the court. He has the ability to make people feel for him. He suffers on the court by fighting for every second. He’s also a symbol of humility and it’s always very appreciated. His fans are people who value work and sweat or love to see his power and his intensity,” he opined.

Rafael Nadal topped the valuation charts of players’ social media presence on the ATP tour for 2022, according to a rankings list released by Novak Djokovic’s Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). The Serbian great himself followed his rival in second place, with world No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz bagging the third spot.

Nadal was ranked first with a staggering $29.3 million worth of earned media value. Meanwhile, Djokovic’s social value stood at $21.6 million, while Alcaraz recorded $16 million in social value earnings. The list, released by PTPA in association with Zoomph, took into consideration players’ posts across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook from January 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023.

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  1. While for some unknown reason Novak, like Ivan Lendl b4 him, never realised the popularity of some of their contemporiares, one CAN’T ignore their accomplishments!!! Both had to ‘fight’ the crowd, press among other things. In Lendl’s case, perhaps it was political, possibly the same w Novak….give credit where DUE!!!

  2. It’s worrying news that he’s pulled out of Madrid. It doesn’t give much time before Paris, and going in with no match practice won’t be ideal even if he does make it. Fingers crossed for Rome.

  3. We all know what Mauratoglou and the PTPA are saying is true. Rafa is loved the most for all the qualities mentioned.
    I’ve just read that Rafa will not be competing in Madrid, which I thought would be the case.
    What’s concerning is what he said following that announcement:
    “The injury hasn’t healed and I can’t do the necessary work in order to compete….I was training but now a few days ago we decided to change course a bit, do a different treatment to see if things improve in order to be ready for what comes next.”
    Now the alarm bells are ringing in my head. I hope to God that they can be silenced and Rafa’s body will allow him to return to RG if only for one last time.

  4. I agree with that comment about Djokovic I’d much rather see Rafi playing. I don’t watch tennis anymore

  5. I agree with that comment about Djokovic i would much rather see Rafa playing I don’t watch tennis now.

  6. So true, we all know what he means to tennis! Hope we will be blessed to watch him play again.

      • Miss Rafa so much. Not interested in the tournaments now. Just watch the end of the finals to see who wins, praying it’s not Djokavic. While I pray that Rafa is in good health I can’t wait to see him on court

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