Ex-pro Mardy Fish: ‘I was surprised it took them this long’ on Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal recent resurgence

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Mardy Fish is impressed with how Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have played despite recent injuries. The former tennis pro stated in a recent interview that he is not surprised with how the Swiss and Spaniard performed at the recent 2017 Australian Open.

“Not at all,” Fish stated via the ATP Champions Tour website when asked about Federer vs. Nadal match-up in Melbourne, Australia. “I was surprised it took them this long, to be honest. Obviously a few things had to fall their way, but once Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray lost early, that’s what you’re rooting for. Who knows how many times they’ll be able to play in that setting again? It was really fun to watch.”

Roger Federer proves he’s not yet done

Both Murray and Djokovic, World No. 1 and 2 players, were ousted in the early part of the first Grand Slam tournament of the season. This allowed Federer and Nadal the easier chances to reach the Grand Slam final in Australia. Federer beat Nadal in five sets to cop his 18th Grand Slam title in his career. The Swiss Maestro is still considered the greatest of all time in the sport and the recent major win stamped that claim.

The 35-year-old Fish was also asked about the upcoming players he is impressed with who will be great in the future. Fish mentioned the names of Alexander Zverev as Hyeon Chung likely future tennis stars in a few years.

Fish, from the United States, did not have the same success as Federer and Nadal during his time in the ATP Tour. But, he also made the Top 10 many times and performed well in the Grand Slam events. He made the quarterfinals of the 2007 Australian Open, 2011 Wimbledon Championships and 2008 US Open.

Mardy Fish on tennis youngsters

Fish retired from pro tennis in 2015 but handles some players as trainer. Fish is currently handling American prospect Jared Donaldson. He was also asked about handling any of the current top players and he said it would be interesting if he was part of the coaching staff of Federer and Andy Murray.

“I’m not sure how much I can teach one of those guys, but it would be interesting to see what goes on in the mind of a guy like Roger Federer, the day-to-day of a player like Andy Murray and how he turns over every stone. Those guys are special and it would be interesting to pick their brain a little bit,” Fish added.

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Photo Courtesy: Beth Wilson/Flickr

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