Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's biggest strengths compared by Manuel Santana

Roger Federer and Nadal are primed to resume their battle for Grand Slam supremacy in 2019, with both men continuing to battle for tennis’ biggest prizes.

The Swiss star scooped the Australian Open title in January to make it Grand Slam triumph No 20.

Rafael Nadal then followed that up by winning the French Open for a stunning 11th time – though both men were beaten by Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon and the US Open respectively.

And Santana has now praised both performers after another year of dominance.

“People who like tennis and who like to see matches, like the show, for example the great master that is Federer, who does what he does with the ball,” he said.

“For me he is a tennis creator. I think new things will be added to win.

“Rules can change a little but the most important thing is that you keep the competition that always existed.

“I see the show and the player more together than ever.”

Santana also delved into the strengths of Federer and Nadal.

He added: “I love Rafa (Nadal)’s forehand.

“I like how he varies it, it’s amazing to see him play.

“On the backhand side, I like Federer.

“I would have liked to play with Rafa, struggling but I would have definitely been able to control the ball.”

Federer and Nadal Grand Slam record:

Australian Open (Federer has won six times, Nadal has won once).

French Open (Nadal has won 11 times, Federer once).

Wimbledon (Federer has won eight times, Nadal twice).

US Open (Federer has won five times, Nadal three times).