Behind the ‘raw’ photo of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal that captures their enduring friendship, there are certain truths. There is a bond of mutual respect and respect for one another in a sport that prides itself on the bond between a player and a team. Federer and Nadal have won at every level of competition, from Grand Slams to a Challenger in Dubai, and they are two of the greatest players in history. But there is no greater respect than for a team and that goes beyond winning titles, it is an understanding that the team is there, and it is supporting you. Federer with his team of Grega Zemlja, Tomasz Bednarczyk – his coach, Kátia Smid-Stěha, Tomasz Kubot and András Bődei has been one of the most winning teams ever, winning 18 Grand Slam title, which is the most in history. With a team of players that include Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and his former coach Stefan Edberg, they are regarded as the true team in tennis. It is also important that the players are willing to work together, and that is what happened when Federer and Nadal first met as juniors in Paris.
Roger Federer has long been a captain of his team and there is no man at his age who has more respect for their achievements
Roger Federer had seen Nadal at the junior and senior level and said on his website that he had an extraordinary talent. Nadal also agreed with this because he had seen a similar talent from Federer during the junior stage.
“My father was really good and then I saw someone from a different continent, he was also good. It was like that for me, too. He was just a little bit stronger than I and because he was younger I thought he might have a future. I asked my father what he thought but he said he was just saying that because he knew. When I was at the Junior Olympics in 2006, at the age of 17, I had a chance to meet him and I saw he was someone special. I couldn’t believe it. But he was really good. His personality is very different and his game is just amazing. I also had many conversations with him and we talked a lot.”
However, the two men did not meet during Wimbledon in 2008 because he was too busy playing a five-day match that started in Austria and concluded on