Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are both great tennis players in the history of tennis. Both Roger and Rafa (as he is best known) have become world famous tennis players at a very young age. Roger turned professional in 1998 when he was 17 and has been ranked in the top 10 since 2002. Rafa turned professional in 2001 at 15 years old and won his first grand slam in 2005 at Rolland Garros.
Roger and Rafa are very positive people who are perceived as very good role models. They not only try their best in every match and respect the officials, fans, and opponents, but they also try hard to promote the game and to help charity in their limited free time. They both play very good tennis and it is a pleasure to watch them play.
Roger and Rafa also have many differences, Roger is from Switzerland and grew up playing tennis far away from home at a boarding academy while Rafa spent most of his time training with his Uncle Toni who is still his coach today. These 2 wonderful players also have very different playing styles, Roger is right-handed and plays very elegantly, always attacking the net and giving the opponent a lot of pressure. He also plays with a one handed backhand while Rafa uses 2 hands. Rafa is left-handed and plays with a lot of topspin, he usually stays at the baseline and makes incredible retrieving shots. However this has made him prone to injury and he has had many surgeries on his knee. On the other hand Roger has basically been injury free. He is already 34 and is still in very good physical condition and playing stunning tennis.
It is true that both Roger and Rafa are great tennis players. They are great role models for the young people who are playing tennis today. But for me, Roger Federer is the more successful one because Roger has had 17 grand slams while Rafa has only won fourteen