Garbine Muguruza thinks she is closer to Roger Federer in technique than Rafael Nadal, when asked whom she admires more among the legends in men's tennis. Muguruza completed a brilliant year, winning Wimbledon with a victory over Venus Williams back in June.
Federer and Nadal turned back the clocks to end 2017 with two grand slams each and reclaiming the top two spots in the rankings, showing the world that they still have a lot to offer.
Nadal had the better of Federer in the year- end rankings by reaching the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters before eventually retiring with a knee problem. The run was enough to keep him atop the tables for the year, despite pulling out of the ATP World Finals with an injury after a defeat to David Goffin.
Federer won seven titles in the year, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon, while Nadal matched that with six titles, which included the US Open and French Open. Federer had a disappointing end to the 2017 campaign, losing the ATP World Tour semi-finals to Goffin.
Meanwhile, world No.2 Muguruza won her second major title at Wimbledon, where starting off as the 14th seed, beat the likes of Ekaterina Alexandrova, Yanina Wickmayer and Sorana Cîrstea before being faced with previous year's runner-up and world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, eventually beating her in three sets.
She then went on to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Magdaléna Rybáriková, both in straight sets, to advance to what was her second Wimbledon final. There she was faced with 10th seed Williams, whom she dispatched in straight sets to claim the title. After such a memourable year, she was asked to divulge her likeness to her male counterparts to which she chose Federer but had kind words for Nadal as well.
"I see myself much in Federer's technique," Muguruza said, as quoted by the Express. "He doesn't even sweat. I admire him a lot."
"What I like the most is his spirit," she added on Nadal. "I see him on the court and your heart beats."