‘Roger Federer is a legend, but Rafael Nadal is more likable because he’s human,’ says top WTA coach

Iga Swiatek’s coach Piotr Sierzputowski says Rafael Nadal will always be more likeable than Roger Federer as he is ‘more human’ than the Swiss ace.

Nadal has a reputation for intensity on the court, but Sierzputowski says that off it he is a completely different character.

He also says that the same is true of Roger Federer, who appears laid back on court yet can be deliberately distant between matches.

Swiatek admitted she was a big admirer of Nadal before winning her maiden Grand Slam at Roland Garros last month, and that opinion has certainly been endorsed by her coach.

“I can see why Iga is a huge fan of Rafa,” Piotr Sierzputowski told sport.pl.

“He’s a great guy, well-behaved, who always says hi, winks, smiles at you. He is never rude.

“Djokovic is very helpful, you can’t deny it. Roger is a legend, one can’t dislike him, but he can’t be liked as much as Rafa.

“Roger isn’t where all the players are, he disappears. Rafa plays board games with his team, sits with other players and eats the same stuff as others. Roger has his own cook who flies with him.

“These details make Rafa more likeable, more human, despite being a machine on court.”

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