On Wednesday, Roger Federer attended the opening of Rafael Nadal's tennis academy in the Spaniard’s hometown of Manacor, Mallorca. The Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar is for players between 10 and 18 years of age, and provides education and tennis training for attendees.
While there, Federer received a personalized gift from his friendly rival—a set of photos capturing their many meetings on the world stage, accompanied by a welcoming speech.
“Dear Roger,” Nadal was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Marca, “Thank you for your support at the official opening of my academy. Today is an unforgettable day for me, my family and my team. You can not imagine how special it is to have you here with us.”
The only catch was there were far more photos of Nadal victories, for the Spaniard leads 23-11 in their career record.