Rafael Nadal has backed his old nemesis Roger Federer to ‘come back very well’ next season following his knee injury.
Federer has been forced to miss nearly all of 2020 due to a knee injury requiring two lots of surgeries.
He is on course to return at the Australian Open in January after returning to practice, and Nadal thinks he will still be force when he is back.
“I see that he is already training and I think he will come back quite well,” Nadal told La Resistencia.
“How far can it go? Well, you can’t know and I don’t think anyone can. I don’t know how I am [going to do], let alone [Federer].”
Nadal and Federer endured a fierce rivalry in their younger days, but now almost provide a deliberately united front as the elder statesmen of tennis, recently speaking out together over the Novak Djokovic-led Players’ Association.
That means they have become closer than ever, and Nadal has revealed just how often they communicate.
“These days we often hear from each other, obviously we discuss the tennis players’ advice and in general about important situations,” Nadal explained.
“The situation today is very difficult, we have to find a solution given the current times and I have to say that lately we have been talking regularly.”
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