Roger Federer's shots get closer to perfection, says Rafael Nadal's uncle

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Roger Federer's shots get closer to perfection, says Rafael Nadal's uncle

In a column for El Pais, Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni commented on Roger Federer's greatness. "On Friday I met Roger Federer's father, a very nice and happy person, just a few moments before his son played his third round match on the Suzanne Lenglen.

When he saw that we were going to the same place, he took my arm and he told me: "Hopefully we are not in the wrong match!" I replied to him I was not, because Casper Ruud, his opponent, has been training in the Rafa Nadal Academy since the past summer.

Before starting the match, speaking with Christian Ruud, his father and longtime coach and former player, he and Federer coincided in the French Open 1999, and I told the coach Pedro Clar that Roger did not notice Casper's weaknesses.

The match was pretty balanced until 3-all. Casper, with a powerful game and deep shots, a mare we have hopes of a win. Federer was playing at a very good level but those six games were enough for the Swiss to deal with Ruud's strong forehand.

Roger exactly did what we were afraid he would do, and we noticed that until that Casper would not be back in the third set, that was taken in the tie-break won by Roger. He is praised by everyone for hitting shots getting closer to perfection.

I struggle thinking about another sportsman, not just a tennis player, who is able to combine so much discipline with elegance and majesty. But the key was not the way to hit the ball but his ability to do it being fast", concluded the 58-year-old Mallorca native.