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‘He broke the rivalry’ – Nicolas Almagro explains perceived unpopularity of Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal is better than Roger Federer, even though the Swiss legend is ‘perfection,’ according to Nicolas Almagro, who also believes he can explain the relative unpopularity of Novak Djokovic compared to his rivals.

Almagro is a compatriot of Nadal, which must be taken into account, but he insists that his countryman’s sheer mental strength gives him the edge over any player, even a technically immaculate one such as Federer.

“Federer is the perfection, absolute elegance,” Almagro is quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.

“Rafa is sacrifice, falling and getting back, and no one will achieve what he did on clay.”

“But no one has Nadal’s mentality, he is at the top.”

Another player who, of course, deserves to be involved in the discussion is Novak Djokovic, although he doesn’t enjoy the same levels of popularity as his rivals.

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Almargo believes the Serb represents the middle ground between Nadal and Federer.

“Novak has a bit of the two, Roger’s talent and Rafa’s work ethic.

“He broke the rivalry between Roger and Rafa,” Almagro added regarding the perceived disparity in popularity. “It can be one of the reasons [he is less popular among fans].”

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