Tennis legends: On Federer and Nadal’s comebacks

Talal Sowaidan
Contributing Writer

Over the past few years, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have run into obstacles, despite their impressive and long lasting careers.

They have each not won Grand Slam titles in five and three years respectively, and even had losing streaks for a few years before their Grand Slam victories in 2012 and 2014.

This affected both of their performances severely throughout the next couple of seasons due to lack of morale and determination. Both of them had serious competition with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Stan Wawrinka reaching their peak and playing the best tennis of their careers.

Federer reached the final of Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015 consecutively in which he lost twice against Djokovic. Wimbledon is where Federer plays his best tennis so these two losses were extremely disappointing. In 2016, Federer lost against Raonic in the quarter final of Wimbledon where he suffered from severe knee problems during the game. Consequently, he retired for the season after that game.

Roger Federer in action against Borna Coric. Credits: Queen of Tickets.

Both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal retired from tennis for the season to recover from their injuries. However, the injuries were a blessing in disguise as they came back stronger than ever.

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the season. Federer had some good memories in this tournament winning it five times and Nadal only winning it once. However, both had the same intentions which was winning the tournament after their disappointing year.

All tennis fans ruled them out at the start of the tournament as they thought they could not handle two intense weeks for their first tournament of the season. Surprisingly, both of them played the best tennis of their careers in this tournament. A 36-year-old Roger Federer and an injury prone Rafael Nadal reached the final to make it a dream come true.

Who knew that both of these players would play in the final against each other?

Rafael Nadal at the French Open (Roland-Garros). Credits: ATP World Tour.

Federer won the match 3 sets to 2 against Nadal. Later on in the year, he won the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open. Federer was showing great signs after multiple titles before the Grass season started. He won the Wimbledon Open for the eighth record time which totaled a record of 19 grand slams.

During the French Open, Nadal showed why he is the “ King of Clay” and won the French Open for a record 10 times. He also won the Madrid Open a couple of weeks before.

The next grand slam tournament was the US Open. In training videos, Nadal was showing great signs that he would do well in the tournament. Federer took some tough losses in matches before it. Unfortunately, Federer lost in the quarter final against Juan Del Potro and Nadal reached the final in which he lifted the trophy after a triumph against Kevin Anderson.

Both of these players showed that they are reaching the end stage of their careers but playing the best tennis that we will ever watch.

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