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Roger Federer and Pete Sampras’ former coach Paul Annacone is convinced that Rafael Nadal has something that makes him unique compared to any other player in history.
“It is the relentless ability to play every point like nothing else matters except that point,” he said of Nadal, as quoted by the Daily Express. “
“Jimmy Connors was very close to that but I’ve never seen anyone do it better than Rafael Nadal. It is such a cliche but if you look at the way he plays and someone asked you ‘who would you want to play one match for your life?’ How do you not pick that guy? He is amazing. It has been fun to watch and the era that he’s in with the other all-time greats, I just continue to sit back and a lot of times my jaw just hits the table.
“I hope he stays healthy. I think he’s got a lot more tennis ahead. He continues to love the game and as long as he does that and stays healthy, I don’t see him losing at Roland Garros. His records will continue to grow and we are going to have to invent new words in the dictionary to describe it”.