During the latest episode of Uploaded to the Network, the former World number 1 Marcelo Rios spoke to the microphones of Javi Frana and Alex Corretja. The Chilean spoke about many topics, from his relationship with tennis to the vision of what is happening now and after the domination of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Rios: ‘Tennis right now is boring’
Speaking on a Spanish Podcast directed by Alex Corretja and Javier Frana, former World number 1 Marcelo Rios revealed that Rafael Nadal is the player he would have liked to face if he was still playing today.
“His (Rafael Nadal’s) uncle Toni said I could beat him but I never said something like that. What I had said to Toni is that I believe that when I was at my greatest, I would have complicated things for him, and Toni agrees with me.
Rafael Nadal is the player I wish to face today” – said the Chilean. “Rios did not have personality. Let’s not lie, on the court, a great player. Off it, a difficult character. If we speak of tennis, you have to say he was a great player.
He had a great ability and a developed conception of tennis, a high one. And at the end of his career, I saw people with much less tennis than him started winning titles and raising on the rankings and also beating him, which may have left him disappointed,” Toni Nadal further went on to say.
Rios believes tennis is less exciting in the modern era than it used to be: “Nowadays I do not entertain myself watching tennis, it is very boring. Many say that it is very boring to see (players like) Andy Murray and Roger Federer.
It is not a great thing, but they do play very well. I am one of those who think that it is more important to be No. 1 in the world than to win a Grand Slam, because of the situations that I experienced first-hand. In fact, I would have preferred to have done it at the age of 25 or 26, I would have enjoyed it more and not at 21, the age when I reached the top.”
Ríos became the first Latin American player to reach the top position on the ATP singles rankings in 1998. He held the world No. 1 ranking for six weeks. He also held the top ranking in both juniors and seniors. He was the first player to win all three clay-court Masters Series tournaments (Monte Carlo, Rome, and Hamburg) since the format began in 1990) and the third male player in history (after Michael Chang and Pete Sampras) to complete the Sunshine Double (winning Indian Wells and Miami Masters in one year), which he achieved in 1998.