Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal is not just a clay-court specialist'

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Roger Federer: 'Rafael Nadal is not just a clay-court specialist'

Roger Federer believes that his French Open straight-set loss to Rafael Nadal last month will not influence the outcome of their upcoming Wimbledon match. The Swiss, speaking after his win over Kei Nishikori, said: “Not so much the French Open, I do believe.

I feel like conditions were slightly different. It was so windy. It was just insane. I haven't heard it was going to be the same in a couple of days, so I hope not, even though that would be funny again”. “Maybe [the] Australian Open final [is relevant].

Obviously, best-of-five set match, five sets. Then again, I don't know. It doesn't matter anyway. Who cares. It's about how has he played so far? How have I played so far? I hope it goes my way. It's going to be tough.

Rafa really can hurt anybody on any surface. He's that good. He's not just a clay-court specialist. [He has] improved so much over the years on this surface. He's playing also very different than he used to. [We] haven't played each other in a long, long time on this surface.

He's serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he's serving, how much faster he finishes points. It's impressive to see how sort of healthy he's stayed. A lot of them are saying, ‘Oh, it's the end,’ by 2008.

Similar to me in '09. We're still here. So it's nice to play each other again”.