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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer are successful because they reinvent themselves: Leander Paes

2017 saw the return of the two stalwarts to the big stage, with both Nadal and Federer winning two Grand Slams each this year

T2 Online Newsdesk 15 September 2017, 3:53 PM
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have 35 Grand Slam singles titles between them

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have 35 Grand Slam singles titles between them Image: Getty

Indian tennis ace Leander Paes on Thursday said the secret behind the success of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is that they continue to reinvent themselves despite the wear and tear that comes with age.

"They continue to reinvent themselves. They continue to learn new shots. Federer had a surgery, he was in rehab and came back to win two Grand Slams. You look at Rafa Nadal. He had shin problems... knee problems," Paes told reporters in Kolkata

"These boys were away from the circuit at the end of last year when Andy Murray and (Novak) Djokovic were doing well. Now you see the wear and tear of those two at the end of the 2016 season and now they couldn't play at the US Open. Now these two legends — Nadal and Federer — won two Grand Slams each. Let alone the Masters," he added.

While Nadal beat Kevin Anderson to cap off an extraordinary 2017 season as the No. 1 player in the world, in which he also won the French Open and made it to the Australian Open final against Federer, the Swiss legend bagged his eighth Wimbledon title, 14 years after his first in July. Federer also won the Australian Open earlier in the year.

"I think that the true class of a champion is how you reinvent yourself to create excellence over longevity," Paes, 44, said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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