Rafael Nadal: 'It's very difficult for his opponent to predict Roger Federer's play'

Federer and Nadal have both decided to end their season

by Simone Brugnoli
Rafael Nadal: 'It's very difficult for his opponent to predict Roger Federer's play'

Rafael Nadal had to deal with a series of physical problems in 2021. His back limited him in the first part of the season, preventing him from showing up in the best conditions at the Australian Open. The Spanish phenomenon is back on the pitch on his beloved clay, where he has collected a couple of titles (Barcelona and Rome), but he has given the feeling that he is no longer the unbeatable player he once was.

His run at Roland Garros was interrupted in the semifinals by Novak Djokovic, also thanks to a painful foot discomfort that affected his performance. After missing both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, the former world number 1 returned to the hard courts in Washington with high expectations.

However, a couple of matches were enough for him to understand that the problem was not solved. A few days later, the 35-year-old from Manacor announced his decision to remain in the pits until 2022. In a recent interview with 'Number Web', the 20-time Grand Slam champion spoke at length about his eternal rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

Nadal praises Roger Federer

"He's (Novak Djokovic) a perfect tennis player with no weaknesses," Rafael Nadal said. "Whether it's a clay court, a turf court, or a hard court, he's capable. And this year, he's been astoundingly solid.

Even on days when things seem to be out of order, the energy of the feeling that I will definitely win makes up." Nadal was also asked for his thoughts on his good friend and long-time rival Roger Federer. The World No. 6 claimed Federer, too, is an example of a "perfect" player, whose variety makes him a lethal opponent to face.

"Roger is also a perfect tennis player," Nadal added. "The modernity of his playing style is outstanding. It's very difficult for his opponent to predict his play because of the variety of ways he can fight." Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who shares an epic rivalry with Roger Federer over the years, has recently talked about the Swiss Maestro’s inexplicable legacy on grass and their intense battle in the 2008 Wimbledon finals.

“The one that comes to mind is the 2008 Wimbledon final. I felt like I was having the best moments of my career during the match, and he must have[too]”, explained Nadal when asked about his most memorable moment with Federer.

“As we all know, I’m not very good at turf courts. It was special to be able to overcome it and win. I imagine I could beat Roger Federer on the turf. It was a match with adrenaline”, said the Spaniard.

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