Mike Tyson is a fan of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal has been snubbed for Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as Mike Tyson gave a brutal review of the Spaniard’s game. The boxing legend recently appeared on Jimmy Connors’ podcast and explained why he didn’t enjoy watching the world No 2 in comparison to his Big Three rivals.
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Nadal has spent his career being compared to Federer and Djokovic, and this year finally managed to surpass his rivals by breaking the record for most Grand Slam singles titles won by a man, holding 22 to his name. But the 36-year-old still fails to live up to his fellow Big Three members in the eyes of Mike Tyson, who had a brutal review of the Spaniard’s playing style.
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The boxing legend has long been a supporter of Djokovic, and during his recent appearance on the Advantage Connors podcast he told retired legend Jimmy Connors that he now preferred to watch Federer, despite the 41-year-old’s recent retirement. “Djokovic, definitely, and Federer. Talking about Djokovic, he came back from all those injuries,” he said of the world No 7.
“You know, I love Djokovic personally but I’m just a big fan of Federer. When he was in his prime, he was always moving in the air. He’s smooth. He’s really smooth.” But the 56-year-old was less than impressed with Nadal’s game, despite thinking the world No 2 was still a good player.
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Mike Tyson praised Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
Mike Tyson praised Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer (Image: Getty)
He added: “Nadal was just all over the place. He’s a great player, but he doesn’t look great playing. Federer is smooth and very elegant.” Tyson had previously lauded praise on Djokovic for his ability to return to his top level after injuries.
Speaking in 2020, he said: “Novak Djokovic is my favourite at the moment. If he is okay, I really like to watch him. He is my favourite because the way he has come back from injury and beaten guys like Nadal and Federer is amazing. He’s a true fighter.”