Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal are the best players ever - Manuel Orantes
In an interview to Marca, the former Spanish player Manuel Orantes praised and Rafael Nadal who are both able to deliver their best tennis even after turning 30 years old.
"They made many difficult things look like normal but it's unbelievable", said Orantes. "He is writing history especially on clay. I think no one will equal him. He is the strongest, the best ever on clay. For me in the last years tennis has been the most complicated toughest and the best one because there was such a level and so many records broken.
When you do it with Federer, Djokovic, Murray, it shows it will be very difficult to equal them." Orantes also commented on the No. 1 Court at the Barcelona Open being named after him for the first time this year: "When they called me saying that they would name the court after me was a proudness.
I will receive this tribute and doing it in Barcelona where I learned watching tennis, great legends and matches, then winning a lot yourself, it's just unbelievable. It was Tele Barcelona that told me the news and we would do an interview.
It was a surprise because you don't expect it. I played seven finals including winning three titles there and for me having a court named after me is great. A lot of memories come to my mind and this year's Godo will be special for me.
When you are winning and you are getting tributes, you do not enjoy it that much. Now that a lot of years have gone, it's different."