Tennis News: Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal rivalry is dead says French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo

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French Actor Belmondo (Photo courtesy: Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons)

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the greatest tennis players in the history of the game but their rivalry appears to be over, according to popular French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, who is a big fan of both and of tennis.

“The rivalry between Nadal and Federer? It’s something wonderful! Roger is fantastic and it’s beautiful to watch him playing. Rafa is great from the physical point of view, but I think that he has reached his final stop,” Belmondo shared via Le10Sport.com.

While no tennis expert, Belmondo is a sportsman playing football and boxing when he was younger. He had an undefeated run in his amateur boxing career although he only fought for a brief time. Belmondo has fought six matches from 1949 to 1952 and won five bouts via knockouts.

After his brief boxing career, Belmondo became one of the popular actors from the French New Wave film movement in the early 60s starring in movies like Breathless (1960, Two Women (1961) and Mississippi Mermaid (1969)

Belmondo’s opinion is shared by many fans and tennis pundits who see Nadal as a player who is already past his prime. Nadal has struggled in the early part of the 2016 ATP season falling in the first round at the Australian Open and failing in the last two tournaments in Brazil and Argentina.

Meanwhile, Federer has played strong in recent years although he yet to win another Grand Slam title since 2012. Federer’s biggest rival these days is World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and not Nadal, who has failed to make the deeper rounds of most tournaments.

Nadal has 23 wins against 11 losses against Federer in their head-to-head meetings but Federer has had a more successful tennis career with the all-time record of 17 Grand Slam titles across his name.

Photo courtesy: Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons

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