The world of tennis and the world championship are more intertwined than you think, riders have often been seen at major tennis events, as in this latest case, Marc and Alex Márquez, present at the Masters 1000 in Madrid to encourage Rafael Nadal and rising star Carlos Alcaraz. It is not the first time that the world of rackets and riders on two wheels have mixed together to give life to a cross sport that is as particular as it is fascinating; The pilots have never hidden a certain attraction for tennis players, such as Joan Mir, who recently declared all his admiration for his compatriot Nadal, considering him a strong source of inspiration for all Spanish athletes.
From the fantastic four on two wheels to the big four of tennis
One of the greatest similarities between the two sports worlds is the characteristic (and luck) of having simultaneously had four phenomena capable of raising the technical level so much as to obscure any type of competition. MotoGP experienced the unforgettable era of the fantastic four, represented by valentino rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Daniel Pedrosa Y Casey Stonerto what we add Marc Márquez immediately after the withdrawal of the Australian; just as they dominated on the tennis circuit Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Y Andy Murray.
To understand even better the scope of the peculiarity of this quasi-astral concurrence that has led to having four athletes in both sectors capable of clearly standing out above all the others, it is enough to look at the victory statistics of the fantastic four in their respective fields of action. of sport. From Rossi’s first title in 2001 to Márquez’s last in 2019, this quartet of riders (not counting Pedrosa, guilty of not winning a title in the premier class) has collected 18 of 21 world championships. In tennis Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have collected the beauty of 61 slams in threeAnd considering that’s 4 slams a year, one can imagine how ferociously the doors have been closed to rivals in the last 20 years.
Márquez is inspired by Nadal: “A benchmark in everything”
As we said, MotoGP riders have never lacked passion for the tennis ball, so much so that Marc and Alex Márquez went to Madrid for the Masters 1000 to encourage Rafale Nadal, one of the Spanish athletes, if not the first. of all, the most admired of all. Márquez himself, through his Instagram page, has defined the Mallorcan as his reference, for tenacity, passion and resilience. The same qualities can be found in the eight-time world champion, especially at this injury-dictated phase of his career. However, Márquez and Nadal are not only alike in this, but also in their agonistic enthusiasm and competitive spirit, both with the sole result of winning, at the cost of exceeding, sometimes even unduly, their limits.
The juxtaposition of the opposite sign cannot fail to be at this point the one between Roger Federer and Valentino Rossias much for the merit of both of having transcended their sport becoming “bigger” than the mere role of athletes, as for style, class and imagination, whether it is a forehand or a volley to the net instead of a powerful stop in the last corner of the last lap against a rival for the victory. After all, Rossi himself admitted a few years ago that he felt a strong dose of inspiration from the Swiss champion, who in turn did not fail to reciprocate the same compliments.
The new performers, from Sinner to Bastianini
With the Internazionali d’Italia just started, all fans of the racket world will be able to enjoy the spectacle of the new interpreters of the game. Time passes even for the longest-serving champions, although Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal certainly have no intention of relinquishing the title. A bit of the same situation as in MotoGP, in which many youngsters are attacking Márquez’s crown. Giving ourselves the luxury of playing with comparisons, we can approach, for example, Enea Bastianini to Jannik Sinnerrespective promises of the highest category and of tennis, both authors of various feats and in the future pretenders to the top of the world.
so yes Fabio Quartararo’s clean driving can recall the elegance of Stefanos Tsitsipas’s movements and strokes, Bagnaia’s effectiveness seen in Jerez is comparable to the qualities of the current number two in the ATP ranking, Danil Medvedev, so atypical in the shots when very difficult to beat when it is daytime. We have not forgotten about Jorge Lorenzo and Daniel Pedrosa, the two legends mentioned above; the Spanish ex-Yamaha can remember Novak Djokovic by the perfection of the technique, while the jockey in Sabadell can be compared to Andy MurrayBoth have won much less than their most famous rivals, but have been able to leave an indelible mark on the history of their sport. All in anticipation of a new dominator in MotoGP, someone who picks up Rossi’s legacy and follows in the footsteps of Márquez, in line with what is happening in tennis, with the young 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz (winner of the Madrid tournament and already number 6 in the world) destined to soon become number 1.
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