Rafael Nadal praised Roger Federer as a person and a tennis player. In one of his press conferences, the 32-year-old was asked what he has learned from the Swiss champion. 'We have completely different characters, so from off the court I have my character is important to look around and learn from everybody,' Nadal said.
'But I can't tell you something specific about what I learn about Roger because I have my character. I believe I learned much more about my the people who are close to me. About my family, about my friends, about my team, more than Roger.
In the end, I saw Roger at the tournaments. I cannot learn a lot about him because I am not in touch with him every day. In my opinion, to learn things, you have to be in touch probably every day to have a clear example about.
But on the court I think Roger, what he did better in all his career is he has improved his game during all his career. I think he was a better player in 2008 than in 2004, and that's something difficult, because when you are in the top sometimes it's not easy to keep improving your level.
Keep playing better and better and improving your shots, improving his backhand. That's something that I always try to do, and it's good to have an example like him in the front.' Nadal also spoke about Federer who once said he has the impression that the Spaniard always plays his best tennis when facing him.
'I play my best tennis against him when I am ready to play my best tennis,' Nadal clarified. 'I don't play my best tennis because it's Roger in front. I play my best tennis because I am ready to play my best tennis.
That's what I can say. Normally when I play against Roger it's because I am playing my best tennis because I always was in a finals or was in a very important matches, and having a good confidence because I have won a lot of matches before.
It's true I played a lot of good matches against him during my career, so is something fantastic. But I believe that he played a few fantastic matches against me too during his career, during our rivalry. So I enjoy playing against him.
It's always a special feeling because our matches always have been special, and especially today after a lot of ones, a lot of important moments for our careers. So our relationship has always been very positive. So for all of this facts our matches are special.
I think hopefully we will repeat soon.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title