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Gilles Simon: 'My wife is a massive Rafael Nadal fan, my son wants Roger Federer to beat me!'

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Veteran French ace Gilles Simon has highlighted the appeal of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer by revealing even his own family prefer them to him!

Simon has had a storied career, with just about all of it spent while Federer and Nadal, along with Novak Djokovic, have dominated men's tennis.

Their popularity has been as remarkable as their success, as Simon says that is evident even within his own family.

"My wife has always been a massive Nadal fan, with my two sons following her choice," Simon explained.

"In 2017, Roger Federer defeated Rafa in the Australian Open final in five sets. My older son Timothee was angry that we had influenced him towards Nadal when Federer was the better player.

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"Since then, Roger has been his hero, with no one even close to the Swiss, including me, his father.

"When I played against Roger in Basel, Timothee told me that he was on Roger's side; those are kids, and you can only smile on that."

Simon, who will be 36 in December, is a former world number six although he has never managed to go any further than a quarterfinal in a Grand Slam during his career.

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