Rafael Nadal: Roger Federer is one of the best clay‑court players ever


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Rafael Nadal: Roger Federer is one of the best clay‑court players ever

Rafael Nadal and Bjorn Borg have more French Opens in the Open Era by far, respectively holding 11 and six titles. Roger Federer has struggled a lot against the Spaniard on clay. But what would the Swiss have done against Borg? The Spaniard Nadal answered this difficult question.

'We cannot compare eras now,' Nadal said in a recent press conference. 'Bjorn Borg has been an unbelievable dominant player for a long time. What he did was amazing, on clay, on grass, everywhere. So he's a great champion.

Roger Federer is an amazing champion, too. He's a fantastic player, clay‑court player. A player who was able to play 2006, 2007, 2008, finals, then winning 2009, and then playing the final again in 2011. The semi-finals in 2005.

I don't see a lot of players that have been in all that final rounds of French Open in a row, so that says that Roger is one of the best clay‑court players of the history probably.' There are younger players coming up on the tour now.

Nadal has played some of them. Does he recall his own days as a youngster? 'No, I don't see myself there. Different characters, different ways to understand the sport, so is a new era. The new era is new players are good for sport are good for fans.

The ball goes quicker now than before. I don't know if that's good for the fans or not. I don't see the highest applause of the year are not an ace or one serve and forehand winner. Normally are big rallies, big points.

Seems like that will be difficult with the new generations the way that the ATP manage how to run the sport for the last couple of years. But is great to have new faces. There is a lot of, now, new faces on the tour that for a while haven't been here, and that's a good news for our sport, for sure.

Very good news.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title