‘We appreciate each other’ – Rafael Nadal discusses Roger Federer rivalry after teaming up

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal says that he and Roger Federer have a new-found appreciation for each other as they enter the later stages of their careers.

The duo have been at the top of tennis for two decades, constantly vying with each other for dominance and enjoying some epic on-court battles along the way.

And, after teaming together as Europe won the Laver Cup last weekend, Nadal says that his rivalry with Federer has evolved in recent times.

“I think it’s very easy [putting their rivalry to one side],” Nadal told Amazon Prime.

“At the end of the day we have our age. We’re not 20s anymore, we appreciate each other.

“We understand all the things that we make together during all these very long careers we’re having so we really enjoy being part of this great atmosphere in the Laver Cup.

“It’s great to have him on the team. Great team spirit, I think.

It was Europe’s third Laver Cup win – and Nadal’s second – and captain Bjorn Borg was happy to get over the line.

“It’s been three exhausting days, for me sitting on the bench watching these guys.

“Team World came once again very close but we won the right points and maybe had a bit of luck.

“I’m very proud of my team. What can I say? Thank you Geneva!”

Next year’s tournament will be played in Boston as Team World take their turn to enjoy home advantage.

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