Former French Open Runner Up Alex Corretja, fails to get bewildered by the striking resurgence in Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer‘s form this season, affirming the fact that time to time breaks from the game has helped the two regain their structure.
Both Federer and Nadal have shown an exemplary change in their performances after suffering a downfall in 2016. Federer showed a tremendous increase in his rankings, rising up 12 ranking positions in under a year. On the contrary, the Spaniard, likewise has had a great season so far winning Barcelona Open, Monte- Carlo Masters and recently adding The Madrid Open Title to his bag.
Corretja in a recent interview established his notion saying,” Everyone is surprised that Roger and Rafa have returned, but the key I think is that they had the guts to take a stop. When you’re as good as them every season, it’s as if you are following the momentum that at some point takes its toll. It is not human what they have achieved. The moment they have been able to stop and rejuvenate themselves, they have found that strength again.”
Speaking of their counter-parts, the former World No.2, seemed quite displeased. He was unsatisfied with what Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are showcasing on the pitch. Murray recently made an unceremonious exit at the Madrid Open and to add to his dismay are his stats that show him lose 4 of the last 9 matches he has played.
“Andy lacks that freshness and Djokovic is three quarters of the same. Although they have played fewer games, they really lack a little mental freshness. When they are playing, those efforts take a toll.” were the words of the Spaniard.
Furthermore, Federer managed to heap in plenty of praises from Corretja regarding his revival and his never ending belief in the Swiss.
“I never gave up on him. It is that nobody can be so daring to doubt Federer. It is normal for everyone to have their opinion, but sometimes they speak freely of what they aren’t aware off. People aren’t used to the hardships of such things. Today how many players are there that are really good? There aren’t many. Mobility has been an USP for Federer.”
“He is very alive again, his backhand has again become very aggressive, and so has he. Many failed before to rejuvenate themselves from such a backlash, but it’s the mind and body that has helped Federer survive it.”