Rafa's family congratulating Roger after he won in London:
This video is awesome. Love Roger.
Either you get him or you don't.
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Federer to Nole: "Amazing year. Amazing tournament. Amazing match. You are THE BEST!"
Translation from an interview with Rafa in a Swiss newspaper:
For many people you are already a living legend. Some compare you with Roger Federer and say that you will become the best player in the history one day. Does this make you proud?
No, no. The numbers speak a clear language. It would be stupidity to say I would be better than Roger or that I could compare with him. He has 16 Grand Slam titles and I have 9.
But are his numbers reachable for you?
At the moment it's too far away to think about it. I just want to get better all the time. Roger has been a role model for me because he improved his tennis over the years all the time. He never stood stil even though he is meanwhile 29 years old. I don't know where I will be at this age.
You and Roger are different characters. Does something combine you beside tennis? Are you friends or mostly brand colleagues and rivals?
There is a certain language barrier between us which is difficult to bridge. You just have to look at the video in which we promote the exhibition matches. We couldn't stop laughing. Once he hears Spanish it's over with him. Roger has always been good to me and I whink what's happening with us and what we managed to do is fantastic for the sport. Tennis has definitely profited because we are there.
Does the rivalry after a close match continue into the lockerroom?
No. The rivalry is just on the court. We both want to win. But when the match is over it would be absurd to have a bad relationship.