Rafael Nadal is not necessarily more of a ‘warrior’ than Roger Federer just because he is more demonstrative on the court, says Gilles Simon.
Nadal has long displayed supreme passion and fight on a tennis court, while Federer has more of a reputation for keeping his calm throughout.
It is the Spaniard who is held as the standard for fighting spirit and intensity in tennis, though, and Simon has taken issue with that.
“With Roger, [anger] is less visible than the others,” Simon said.
“And Rafa, is it because we see him banging himself on the thigh while shouting ‘vamos’ that he would permanently have a killer mind?
“Sorry, but I know Grand Slam winners who don’t have the rage.
“I remind you that Marin won the US Open (in 2014). He played two Grand Slam finals. He has put us in Davis Cup several times. Why shouldn’t he be an example to follow?
“In my opinion, the term ‘warrior’ here means competitor, because even though we all are, there is a ladder. For some, only victory is beautiful; for others, there is more than that.
“When Federer, Nadal and Djokovic say: ‘I would love to hold the record for Grand Slam titles, but if it isn’t me it will be fine,’ which one is more credible?
“[Rafael Nadal’s fight] always seems to me to be more in terms of personal evolution. So is he more of a ‘warrior’ than Roger? I’m not sure of it.”
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