Rafael Nadal quits tennis, states Novak Djokovic’s ‘too good’; advises Roger Federer to follow him to retirement

Rafael Nadal quits tennis, states Novak Djokovic’s ‘too good’; advises Roger Federer to follow him to retirement

The biggest shocker in tennis happened on Thursday as Rafael Nadal announced his retirement from the sport citing the domination of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic as the main reason for him quitting tennis. Nadal also added in the press conference that rival Roger Federer should follow him to retirement since it is pointless to continue playing tennis as the Serbian will win all the majors tournament in the coming years anyway.

“I have struggled mentally the past years and tried to recover in recent tournaments. I played well in some tournaments but always was short of the goal. Watching Novak Djokovic at the Miami Open made me realize that even if I get back to being a top player it’s still not enough as he is playing like no one can beat him. I don’t think I can beat him ever,” Nadal stated via a press conference on Thursday.

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Rafael Nadal also has an advice for rival Roger Federer, the current World No. 3.

“I think Roger should also retire soon and follow me. He’s still playing well but just like me it’s just not enough against Novak. Roger will make the semis or finals of the tournaments but he’s always going to get beat by Novak. It’s pointless so just enjoy your time with your family,” Nadal added.

Roger Federer holds the record for all-time Grand Slam titles with 17 majors championships while Rafael Nadal has 14 and Novak Djokovic has 11. Djokovic is pegged to break Federer’s record in the next few years.

Photo courtesy: Brett Marlow/Wikimedia Commons

(Disclaimer: This is satirical piece, no interview happened and no real news came out about Rafael Nadal’s retirement. Happy April Fool’s Day.)

  • mohira

    rafa please dont feel disheartened and give up so soon. please reconsider your decision to retire, u can surely bounce back. keep working hard and have faith in god. our best wishes are always with you. we all love you. please, please please please please

    • Prateek Puvala

      U realise this is an April fools joke rite

      • Neon

        We’ll I hope that it is. Because it’s really surprising and not so like the Rafa I loved for years (well, next to Roger 🙂 )

        Oh… I checked again and saw the note at the end…hahaha -_-‘ they got me. -_-‘

      • Mr. Clay

        Got me to LOL

        GO RAFA!

  • Prateek Puvala

    Ah nice April fools joke here

  • Prateek Puvala

    But Nadal would never ask Roger to retire or give up himself at this age all just because of Djokovic.

  • Neon

    April fool’s. -_-‘

    • GO RAFA


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  • Craigs

    This article was poor one ..This is a old ploy and not surprised a bit ..Grow Up and dome something innovative ..

    • BlueShadow

      Yup just like Rafael Nadal with no innovation LOL

  • KAT

    Uh….wow! My first thought was, “this doesn’t sound like the mad dog Rafa that I’ve seen over the years”, and then realized that this was an April Fool’s joke. ‘NLOL!” (Not laughing out loud.) :O|

    • Maria Doper

      Federer is Laughing Out Loud tho because this is true Nadal sucks these days and Djokovic will just play with him

  • Shipping c

    April fool’s but very true

    • Fed Up

      True LOL. Rafa is so washed up he should had retired last year

  • joshhh

    these comments are outrageous on nadals part. he talks like novaks immortal and the worlds gonna end saying enjoy ur family and shit :D!!!. dude roger doesn’t give a shit if he loses the man just loves tennis its in his blood and he will keep playing until his body tells him its enough regardless of win or loss. everyone is beatable.

  • Vladimir Mihailovich

    De broma a broma, la verdad se asoma!

  • Who Am I?

    Soon to be realistically true and not April fool’s joke. We will all know soon enough when the clay court season ends. If the guy can’t stand the Miami heat how will he cope with the humid heat of New York in August-September? He would not change coaches and trainers, does not try new tactics and strategies but all he does is bull shit along with his clown uncle that he will be back at his best. When?

    • Ana

      Plus Djokovic is not slowing down what is Fed and Rafa’s chance really?

  • Barbara Dignan

    Nobody bought this story….not if they know Rafa!!

  • VivaESP

    Wow Rafa we will miss you

  • Pedro Araujo

    Djokovic is a great player but lets not fool ourselves to think that he would be that dominant had Nadal not been totally burnt out and Federal unbelievably old for tennis standard…Were all 3 the same age…Federal and Nadal would still dominate the scene…leaving few titles available for Djokovic…His style is pretty much based on incredible stamina and physical condition…Federer´s on phenomenon style and game intelligence and Nadal´s brutal force…If you ask me I enjoy Federer´s style…it is beautiful to watch…Djokovic´s style I would compare to that of Lleyton Hewitt…but with greater stamina and physical condition…great…brings titles…but it is rather boring to watch…It is my viewpoint.

  • Paul Senior

    Nadal always was a gutless ritual obsessed mummy’s boy – his tennis autobiography ‘Rafa’ was so sickening I had to put it down in disgust. It’s not surprising he has no staying power.