Roger Federer shares recent private conversation with Rafael Nadal

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Roger Federer shares recent private conversation with Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer commented on the reasons why he is back in the Player Council. The Swiss said: "I spoke to Rafa (Nadal) and asked him, we can at least be on the Council and see a little bit of what's happening if we can help with anything.

Are there issues with communication, maybe? Because that's what I feel is maybe lacking the most. And maybe what's going on is correct and the correct movement, but maybe it's completely not. I think it's just such important times right now, it would just be wrong to sit on the sidelines."

Federer has been having a light schedule for some years and he always said that three Masters 1000s are his priority on the year schedule: Indian Wells, Cincinnati and Shanghai. "At this stage in my career, I choose where I wanna play and I only play in places I like.

Cincinnati has definitely been a great place for me, I love coming here, I have been coming here for so many years now and I feel like people really love this tournament. Here it's very organized, I like it, socky and easy-going."

Federer is in Cincinnati without his wife Mirka and four children. Does it change his routines? "Totally. You can imagine. Having four kids running around and nobody is here now so it's a big change. It's a big relax, I am also tired a bit from the jetlag, I will see them next week. I think it's the first time I am alone here without my family."