Roger Federer recently praised Rafael Nadal for his success and abilities on clay. The Swiss player has won only two matches against the Spaniard on this surface, at the 2007 Hamburg Open and at the Madrid Open in 2009. Federer said, 'Clearly Rafa has always had an advantage over me on a clay court and the record confirms that.
I tried many different things to change that head-to-head, changing a few things on my backhand, looking at different tactics, but he had the answers on clay. We see our matches on other surfaces are quite close, but this is where he has been dominant and at this point in my career, I have to give myself the best chance of winning tournaments and that is why I missed the clay court season.' Federer thinks Nadal is the best player on clay: 'His movement is so impressive on clay and his game fits the surface perfectly.
I feel like I can play well on clay, but it is physically demanding and Rafa has mastered that surface better than anyone.' Source: Tennis365.com ALSO READ: Roger Federer thinks Nadal can still beat his Grand Slam titles record