“As you can see, I’m a disaster in everything. But I’m trying hard,” laughs Nadal, admitting that it was the first time he used the Live function.
Finally, Nadal managed to pair with his Swiss counterpart, but not before falling victim to the ribs of another pro who was waiting behind the scenes.
“He can win 52 French Open, but not work on Instagram,” wrote Andy Murray, three-time Grand Slam winner.
Federer takes stock of injuries
With tennis suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic, the stars have become accustomed to rare moments outside the tour.
Nadal and Federer were eager to compare notes on their lives during the lockout and discussed the early stages of their careers.
“There is no stress, no rush, if there is something positive, it is really the only thing,” he said of his rehabilitation.
“At the end of the day, I just want the knee to be good no matter when I come back.”
After another technological problem, Nadal managed to connect with a chuckling Murray who clearly enjoyed watching his rival familiarize himself with the intricacies of Instagram Live.
“It’s a little complicated to put people on it. It was a lot of fun watching you,” he teased.
The two are participating in the Virtual Madrid Open next week and both admitted that they had tried to get to grips with video games in preparation.
They agreed to play against each other after their conversation with Nadal throwing the glove.
“Practice a little bit for later, otherwise you have no chance,” he laughed before signing.
While Murray said he liked spending extra time with his family, Nadal said he focused on his tennis academy in Mallorca, Spain.
All professional tennis competitions have been postponed to June 7 in a context of viruses, the male and female rankings being frozen until further notice.
Nadal’s defense of his Roland Garros title will also have to wait, the grand slam being postponed until September.